Artists

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CAPOEIRA ANGOLA ECAMAR

Brazil / Australia

Capoeira Angola ECAMAR‘s first school of Capoeira Angola was established in Australia and their aim is to promote and preserve Capoeira Angola while respecting its tradition and rituals, as well as to maintain the respect for and the recognition of all Mestres especially the older generation of Mestres who are the guardians of this Afro-Brazilian Art form.

Mestre Roxinho founded the Escola de Capoeira Angola Mato Rasteiro (ECAMAR) in 1999 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. In Sydney, ECAMAR holds an international event every year with guest Mestres from Brazil. The event takes place around the 20th of every November as both a connection with the Black Consciousness celebrations taking place during this month all over Brazil and the commemoration of the day of death of Zumbi dos Palmares, a great reference for the black people of Brazil.

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KWEEN G – Afro Latino Festival MC

Uganda / Australia

Kween G was raised on a steady diet of African music and Reggae, but growing up with three older brothers she was introduced to the culture that would captivate her for life: Hip Hop.

Working as a solo artist, Kween G has maintained a high level of community engagement with young Indigenous teenage girls from Warramangu country in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. She made yearly visits with the NGO Beyond Empathy and then with Barkly Regional Arts she facilitated their 2013 Lady Beats project. LADY BEATS was a twelve-week project focusing on girls in Tennant Creek, providing them with skills in singing, lyric writing, recording and performance.

Kween G has also produced the news feature for Alchemy’s ‘Stolen Generation’ special which was awarded a Silver medal in the United Nations category and two New York Festival awards for the Social Issues and Current Events category. And that’s just one aspect of the remarkable Kween G story so far.

After touring extensively in Australia and overseas, and over the past two years Kween G has worked on a musical project that resulted in her debut solo album, Out of Exile, inspired by her journey from Uganda to Australia. The Album is set for release and is infused with the sounds of afro- beat, hip hop & dancehall.

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EVELYN GARCIA – Afro Latino Festival MC

Evelyn Garcia has been an active performer since 1995. Her passion for her ethnic roots fused with performing arts has seen her voyaging amongst many genres of performances – from dancing Flamenco, Rio Platense folklore, Tango, Salsa, Mexican folklore, Samba to her charismatic work behind the mics of a few Spanish speaking radio programs such as: Juventud en Rio, Zona Latina, and Latinos FM. This work has taken her onto many national and international spotlights as a bilingual MC and also as a freelance journalist covering both the 2007 & 2008 Festival de Viña del Mar.

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CUBA BAILA & CON CLAVE GUAGUANCO CLUB

Cuba / Australia

Cuba Baila is a community of fun loving people who create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, forming friendships through their passion for Cuban dance, music and fitness. Founder, Director and Instructor Yarima Gavilan Herrera is a Cuba born and trained, international performer and entertainer, and Australia’s only authentic professional female Cuban dancer.

Yarima and the Cuba Baila dancers will send temperatures soaring when they take to the floor with a world of exuberant colour, exciting rhythms, exhilarating dance routines, charismatic personalities and glorious costumes.

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KARIFI AND THE AFRICAN UNION DANCERS

Africa / Australia

In the spirit of African traditions, Karifi brings to Australian audiences their own rendition of African drumming, dances, values and experiences. From the gentle steps of the Adowa dancer to the thumping footsteps of the Mamprusi drummer, we bring Africa to you.

The ultimate objective of Karifi is to create and showcase a Pan-African theatre ensemble encompassing performances from various regions of Africa to enlighten and entertain Australian audiences. Karifi is the coming together of brothers with a common message. A message of passion and visionary culture, Karifi is the never fail energy, scripted to take its audience to higher places. It is the rhythm of the healing, the fire dance, and above all music for the community through drumming and dancing.

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ROOTS

Latin America / Australia

ROOTS Percussion Group performs original compositions based upon Afro-Latin and World traditions of folkloric drumming. Featuring melodic rhythm, atmospheric guitar, driving bass, and hypnotic chants, their performances explore the infinite possibilities of rhythm: raw, explosive, and intricate.

The group features a line-up of extremely talented and renowned musicians: Aykho Akriff, Giorgio Rojas, Adm Ventoura, Dave Rodriguez, Luis Robalino and Vincent Sebastian playing a variety of exotic percussion instruments, bass, guitar, and vocals.

Roots has played sold-out shows at 505, The Basement, Sydney Fringe Festival and Darling Harbour Fiesta, and are currently about to release their long-awaited debut EP.

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 INKUMBURWA DANCE GROUP

Rwanda / Australia

Awarded at the Celebrate African-Australian Awards as one of the most outstanding cultural performers in NSW, Inkumburwa Dance Group proudly present the richness and the greatness of Rwandan culture. They showcase their culture through different dances, rhythms and beats as well as their wonderful and colourful outfits called ‘Umushanana’ or ‘Umukenyero’.

Established in 2013, Inkumburwa Dance Group has performed at several events including Harmony Day, Africa Day, Ugandan Independence Day, Rwandan Cultural Day & African Women Dinner Dance to name a few. Inkumburwa means ‘unforgettable’ in Kinyarwanda language. After you see these amazing ladies once, they will stay with you forever!

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SARAMBE

Peru / Australia

Sarambe is a band that plays traditional Afro-Peruvian rhythms such as festejos, landós, waltzes and panalibios. With superb vocals, strong rhythms, great harmonies and a variety of unique instruments they recreate, in the most authentic way, the powerful blend that is Afro-Peruvian music.

One of the crowd’s favourites at Darling Harbour Fiesta Festival, Sarambe is formed by some of Australia’s top musicians. Their unique sound will get you up and dancing in no time. If you are looking for intoxicating fun, look no further.

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TWIC MAYARDIT DANCE GROUP

South Sudan / Australia

Twic Mayardit dance group is a group of young South Sudanese who perform their traditional folk songs and dance. The group brings young people together through creative practices such as dance, art, drama and music.

Twic Mayardit’s aim is to keep young people who are growing up in Australia focused and active within their communities, to turn arts and cultural practice into a sustainable activity and to keep their traditions and culture alive.

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SONSYDNEY

Mexico / Australia

SonSydney is a group of musicians who play music in the “Son Jarocho” style. Originating in the Mexican state of Veracruz, this music incorporates indigenous Mexican, Spanish and African elements.

The main instruments used in the style are jaranas (small Mexican guitars in different sizes and tuning), harp, violin, quijada and cajon. Son Jarocho is an improvisational form, where the musicians can display their skills and individual style in each song. This style is performed by a main singer and the rest of the group providing a chorus in a call & response style.

Featuring Mexican, Peruvian, Chilean and Australian musicians, SonSydney continues to keep the unique Son Jarocho tradition alive within Australia.

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AFROKIDZ DANCERS

Africa / Australia

Afrokidz Dancers are a group of African-Australians kids who are actively promoting their culture through cultural songs and dance.

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More performers will be announced soon.

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