Stellar First Nations composition revealed for Burramatta celebrations NAIDOC

Rise! Rise! To arrive! for a free day of NAIDOC celebrations in Burramatta in July featuring a stellar line-up of First Nations artists including Budjerah, Kobie Dee and The Merindas.

NAIDOC Week (July 3-10) is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and stories and the town of Parramatta will join in the activities with Burramatta NAIDOC Day in Parramatta Park on Sunday July 10.

Burramatta NAIDOC Day is a family celebration for the whole community with children’s workshops, market stalls, delicious food and great performances from top aboriginal artists.

Headlining the event will be First Nations artists Budjerah, Kobie Dee, The Merindas, Tilly Tjala Thomas and many more.

Budjerah is a Coodjinburra singer-songwriter from the Bundjalung nation. Budjerah draws inspiration from its culture and the people around it, combining sleek R&B beats with dreamy melodies and soulful lyrics.

The Merindas. Photo by Jake Steele.

With a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and an ARIA award already under his belt, Budjerah is destined for big things.

Kobie Dee is a 23 year old Gomeroi artist from Maroubra in South Sydney, Bidjigal Land. With an innate gift for telling stories and connecting with young people, Kobie Dee is one of the exciting new voices in Australian hip hop.

As an artist, Kobie is deeply engaged in his community through performance and community work, and his passion for his culture and people inspires new generations.

The Merindas are the collective strength of Ballardong Whadjuk and wife Nyoongar Kristel Kickett (of Tammin, WA) and Candice Lorrae of Jawoyn and Thursday Island Legacy (born in Darwin, NT).

Now based in Melbourne, these soul sisters are pioneering with their innovative style of indigenous music.

Hailing from the Fleurieu Peninsula, emerging songwriter Tilly Tjala Thomas has been writing and performing her own songs around Adelaide since the age of 11.

Tilly’s debut single, “Ngana Nyunyi”, was released digitally and on a 7″ split in November via independent label Part Time Records.

‘Ngana Nyunyi’ won Tilly Radio Adds to Triple J, Sydney FBI, Unearthed Radio, and was

Gomeroi rapper Kobie Dee. Photo provided Kobie Dee Facebook.

was recently named Independent Artist of the Week by FBI Radio.

The host of the celebrations will be Uncle Col Hardy and MC Luke Caroll.

Uncle Col Hardy is an aboriginal man from the Kamilaroi tribe, who was born and raised in Brewarrina NSW.

Col was proud and honored to be recognized by his own during NAIDOC Week 1990, when he was voted ‘Aboriginal Artist of the Year for NSW’.

He now performs with his own band, as well as at many country music festivals.

Luke Carroll is a seasoned actor in theatre, film and television.

Luke’s recent projects include Total Control for ABC, Black Cockatoo for Ensemble Theater, as well as numerous other credits.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme calls on us to continue to “Arise! Rise! To arrive!’.

To keep the momentum of change going, we must continue to show our support for system change and rally around our crowd, our Elders, our communities.

The Burramatta NAIDOC Day event is part of the Warami festival in the city of Parramatta. Warami is a Dharug word which means “nice to see you”.

The Parramatta Town Warami welcomes everyone to help celebrate First Nations culture and commemorate significant dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Dharug community including Desolation Day, of National Reconciliation and NAIDOC week.

In partnership with Greater Sydney Parklands, the City of Parramatta’s Burramatta NAIDOC Day Event will take place on Sunday 10th July at Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park from 10.30am to 5.00pm.

This is a free event, no tickets or registration required.

  • This article was supported by the City of Parramatta

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