• Performers

    Woven throughout the 2019 World Indigenous Housing Conference and the Trade Exhibition program there will be a number of performances from some of the preeminent Indigenous artists from within Australia and around the globe.

     

    The 2019 WIHC is also proud to present Celebration of Indigenous Culture, a landmark concert that will feature an incredible line-up of the world's Indigenous artists and performers.

  • PERFORMERS

    Archie Roach

    Australia

    Archie Roach is one of Australia's most treasured performers. He has been recording award winning albums for nearly 30 years. In that time he has gifted us with a songbook of incredible import. From his debut album, Charcoal Lane, released in 1990 to his latest album, Dancing With My Spirit, released in March this year, and featuring the sublime vocals of Tiddas, Archie continues to write songs that get to the heart of what it means to be human. And what he sees at the heart of humanity is love.

    Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

    Australia

    Yothu Yindi’s success in the 1990’s is evidence that Indigenous music, song and dance are powerful tools of protest. Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project features original Yothu Yindi members, along with emerging First Nations artists and special guests, performing impressive new remixes of classic Yothu Yindi hits alongside brand-new material, all with an electronic twist in a cross-generational celebration of cultural diversity.

    Founding members Witiyana Marika, Stuart Kellaway and Kevin Malngay Yunupingu are joined onstage by former band member Shellie Morris, Yirrmal (son of Witiyana), Dhapanbal Yunupingu (daughter of the late Dr M. Yunupingu), Kamahi Djordon King and talented newcomer, clan member Yirrnga Yunupingu.

    Very special guests onstage are legendary Goanna front man Shane Howard and on keyboards and baritone sax, Ania Reynolds, current musical director of Circus Oz, and percussionist and DJ/producer Gavin Campbell.

    Isaiah Firebrace

    Australia

    As a young boy Isaiah had nothing, except a dream. He attended high school on the banks of the Murry River and went without food in order to fund the six hours of travel that was required to get to his singing lessons each Saturday. Now one of Australia’s most successful artists, Isaiah has won The X Factor, is signed to Sony Music, released his debut single that charted all over the world, supported Jessica Mauboy on her Australian tour and represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finishing in the top 10. All that at just 18 years of age.

    The milestones keep adding up for Isaiah, who for the second year in a row, performed in Los Angeles as part of the star studded G’Day LA event in Hollywood. In Las Vegas, Isaiah sang the national anthem at Jeff Horns last fight and also opened the largest boxing match ever staged in Australia between Pacquiao and Jeff Horn, where he sang the national anthem broadcast by Fox Sports and has sung on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

    Stan Walker

    New Zealand

    Stan is a genuine New Zealand idol, loved for his sense of humour, humility, and joy for life as much as he inspires in his roles as a musician and actor. Having earned 6 gold, 4 platinum, 1 double platinum and 1 triple platinum single in New Zealand, as well as 8 New Zealand Music Awards and 5 ARIA nominations. He’s won the Waiata Māori Award for Radio Airplay Record of the Year 5 times. And, he’s now become an impressive star of our silver screen too.

    He embraces his heritage (his iwi are Tuhoe and Ngāti Tuwharetoa) while also finding a way to bring Māori culture into a modern, mainstream context – no other artist can say they’ve had 12,000 people cheering along to a te reo version of ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ at Spark Arena as Beyonce waits in the wings.

    "We are strong, beautiful, powerful and proud…be proud of who you are, where you come from and who you come from. It’s a beautiful and powerful thing when you embrace yourself and your culture…don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m a proud Māori from the Pacific. I’ve come from nothing, but I have everything…all love.”

    Rochelle Pitt

    Australia

    This soul, roots, and blues singer is a church girl from Cairns, with a strong connection to urban indigenous culture. With the support of the Brisbane indigenous community, Pitt started singing in her early 20’s at various NAIDOC events and festivals and released her first EP “SoulMumma” in late 2016.

    Joy Harjo

    USA

    Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Her Awards for writing include the Ruth Lilly Prize, Wallace Stevens Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship; the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Rasmuson United States Artist Fellowship, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Joy is inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.

    A Creek Indian and student of First Nation history, Joy is rooted simultaneously in the natural world, in earth—especially the landscape of the American Southwest—and in the spirit world. Aided by these redemptive forces of nature and spirit, incorporating native traditions of prayer and myth into a powerfully contemporary idiom, her visionary justice-seeking art transforms personal and collective bitterness to beauty, fragmentation to wholeness, and trauma to healing.

    Joy’s eight books of poetry include well-known titles, and she is currently working on her next memoir, and she has a commission from the Public Theater of NY to write We Were There When Jazz Was Invented—a musical play that will restore south-eastern natives to the American story of blues and jazz.

    Shellie Morris

    Australia

    Northern Territory Australian of the Year 2014 and NAIDOC Artist of the Year, 2012 national Music in Communities Award from the Music Council of Australia and 2013 Deadly Award for her community commitment, Shellie Morris is one of Australia’s finest singer songwriters.

    Her voice and heart-felt music has grace stages from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, the Sydney Opera House, to the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Skirball Centre in New York, Showcase Scotland, MIDEM in France, WOMAD NZ, The Queen’s Baton and toured China. Shellie has collaborated with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and was a composer of Prison Songs - a musical film. From performing on stages with John Cale, Sinead O’Connor and Gurrumul Yunupingu, to sitting round a campfire with a guitar, her music speaks of shared experience and backgrounds.

    As an Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation Shellie has helped raised awareness of eye health and healthy lifestyles for the organisation and assisted its fund-raising.

    Leonard Sumner

    Canada

    Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter Leonard Sumner's storytelling flows directly from the shores of Little Saskatchewan First Nation, located in the heart of the Interlake of Manitoba.

    Sumner's self-determined sound is evidence of his ability to simultaneously occupy landscapes of multiple musical genres including; Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, Country, and Rhythm and Blues.

    Casey Donovan

    Australia

    After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, in 2004 Casey became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol. Over the last thirteen years, Casey has won multiple Awards including an ARIA No #1 Award and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent. She has performed at Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, The Rocks Festival of the Voice, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute’s Spirit Festival, Darwin Festival and Yabun Festival. And headlined her own Mama Cass Tribute concerts and supported the legendary Cyndi Lauper on her Australian National Tour.

    Under the direction of Rhoda Roberts, Casey made her theatrical debut in Miracle In Brisbane, this was to be the first of many acclaimed theatrical performances, including As You Like It, Opera Yarrabah (Opera Australia) and The Sapphires, RENT and We Will Rock You. Casey’s stage credits saw her receive a nomination for Best Newcomer and Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical in the Sydney Theatre Awards.

    Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, advocate for National Indigenous Ear Health Campaign and as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

  • Celebration of Indigenous Culture

    VENUE: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

    DATE: Thursday 23 May 2019, 8.15pm–10pm

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