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Warrangu: River Story and Symbiosis

Where
Cockatoo Island
Sydney Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000
When

Saturday 28 March from 6:30pm to 10pm

Cost

Concession: $25.00Adult: $30.00

Warrangu: River Story is a collection of cultural knowledge of three rivers that form the surrounding tribal boundaries in Brewarrina NSW. The stories follow the Bogan River to the South, the Culgoa River to the North, and the Barwon River to the east.

My grandmother Mary Clapham Nee Shearer was born and raised in Brewarrina. Her father, George Shearer, was born under the birthing tree on Murrawarri land on the Culgoa at Corella Station. Warrangu; River Story is a journey back home to my family’s history, a connection to Culture.

Further, this project documents the interruption of the river flow, over-irrigation and water theft on a grand scale, causing catastrophic and irreversible damage to our ecosystem. In particular, the over-irrigation and redirection of the waterways known as the Murray Darling Basin for the enormous profit of almonds and cotton.

Dobby’s Warrangu; River Story forms a collection of cultural knowledge of the three rivers that form the surrounding tribal boundaries in Brewarrina, New South Wales, constituting a journey back home and connection to culture by returning to the country where the artist’s grandmother and her father were born.

Warrangu; River Story documents the interruption of the river flow, over-irrigation and water theft on a grand scale, causing catastrophic and irreversible damage to our ecosystem. In particular, the over-irrigation and redirection of the waterways known as the Murray Darling Basin for the enormous profit of almonds and cotton.

Symbiosis is a collaborative project about our global climate crisis. You will hear the fusion of folk, pop and singer-songwriter melodies of Naomi Keyte, and the rhythmic HipHop styles of drummer and rapper Dobby. The project explores the many concerns and shifts in extreme environmental disasters that will continue to occur across the globe, and the ways in which we can prevent conditions from getting even worse.

Dobby is a rapper, drummer, and speaker. He proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and is a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, NSW. He has performed at festivals including Bigsound, The Plot Festival, and Yabun Festival. He is also a skilled composer, and is the 2017 recipient for the bi-annual Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship. Dobby also performs as a rapper and drummer for Sydney band Jackie Brown Jr and co-hosted the Hip Hop show “Sunsets with Dobby and Diola” on FBi Radio.

Naomi Keyte is a folk artist exploring the world of pop. She brings with her beautiful melodies and image-rich lyrics. There is an intimacy in Keyte’s vocal delivery that is simultaneously vulnerable and powerful. After the release of her debut album ‘Melaleuca’ in 2017, she has played shows and festivals including Here’s to Now and WOMADelaide (2018). Keyte and her band have been working with producers Anna Laverty and Nick Huggins and are set to release new music in early 2019.

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