Blak Kabaret Klub @ Blak Dot

As part of the 2018 Brunswick Music Festival, Blak Dot Gallery proudly presents the Blak Kabaret Klub. For eight incredible nights the contemporary Indigenous-run art space at 33 Saxon Street Brunswick will transform into a cabaret venue hosting a stellar line up of local and International singer-songwriters, slam poets, electronic artists. Each evening will see a different performance across a broad spectrum of genres, with many of the events free to attend, so join us for the entire Kabaret Klub season. Places are limited so follow the Ticket link beneath each event to book your spot.

Bla(c)k Ball

Thursday 8 March
8 – 9pm
Free – registration required
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The Blak Kabaret Klub opens with diasporic art collectives – This Mob, Still Nomads and New Wayfinders presenting: Bla(c)k Ball − a collaborative night of spoken word & poetry, dj’s & live performance, showcasing bla(c)k talent in Narrm (Melbourne) in a gathering of shared beauty and extraness.

Tropical Songs From the North

Friday 9 March 
8 – 9pm
$10 + booking fee and cc charges
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With family origins in the Torres Straits, Jessie Lloyd and Jessica Hitchcock have teamed up to perform a unique collection of Islander songs from northern Queensland. Singing the songs sung by their grandparents, they bring warmth with melodies and harmonies while strumming the ukulele.

Many of the songs, like those who performed them, moved across Australia all the while maintaining their tropical roots. These songs form the Torres Strait Islander chapter of Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project; an initiative to research and revive the Indigenous folk songs of the early 20th century.

Kutcha Edwards

Saturday 10 March
8 – 9pm
$10 + booking fee and cc charges
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Renowned singer/songwriter and proud Mutti Mutti man, Kutcha Edwards, performs music that fuses his beautiful voice with soulful arrangements.

With the deep and rhythmic tones of a passionate storyteller, Kutcha’s heartfelt songs evoke an ancient connection to Aboriginal culture. Kutcha playfully engages with his audience while imparting his story – his Songline.

Kutcha has independently produced four albums, staged two theatre productions and received several awards including the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Music in 2016.

This will be an unforgettable encounter with one of Australia’s Indigenous icons and celebrated singer/songwriters.

Koorioke

Sunday 11 March
7 – 8pm
Free – registration required
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Limber up your vocal chords and get ready to shake your booty…
DJ’s General Feelings and Sovereign Trax will bring the full Koorioke experience with two back to back sets playing the bangers you know the words to. Come bedazzled, bring your crew and your best moves!

Koorioke guide:
– Back 2 Back DJ’s and YouTube karaoke
– Pick your song and come ready with your stage name
– Costumes and choreography highly encouraged

DJ Sovtrax is a writer and the creator of Sovereign Trax – an online platform promoting First Nations music and community through energising decolonisation conversations, Tidda plays Aboriginal hip hop, $overeign trap, Indigenous electronic and 00’s remixes, and Lucreccia is an artist, writer and DJ who’s played all over Melbourne as DJ General feelings.

Khalas

Thursday 15 March
8 – 9pm
Free – registration required
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An evening of music, collaboration and cultural connection from the East… DJs and Live Performances will transport you to their world… DJ Sets by MzRizk & Asmahan and special guests to be announced soon…

Robert Champion

Friday 16 March
8 – 9pm
$10 + booking fee and cc charges
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Robert K Champion moves audiences with his haunting guitar and compelling stories of life, love and loss across the Australian landscape. A Gubrun, Kokatha and Mirning man now living and making music in Melbourne, Robert’s original compositions are a combination of country ballads and melodic songs.

Known as a deadly guitarist, in 2013 Robert released his debut solo EP: This Road Is Too Long, with his full-length album ‘1977’ to be released later this year. For Blak Kabaret Klub, Robert will be joined by bassist Allara Briggs Pattison and drummer Ollie Cox for a very special performance.

Brown Roots Collective

Saturday 17 March
8 – 9pm
$10 + booking fee and cc charges
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After a 5 year hiatus Brown Roots Collective has been revived. A collaborative outfit of musicians, singers, and storytellers of Oceanic descent.

Brown Roots Collective is powerhouse lineup of international, national and local talent including Harpist Natalia Mann, Mark Vanilau, Grace Vanilau, Nala Taukilo, Josephine Inia and Micka Taukilo. The Collective honours the music and stories of their ancestors past and present in a profound presentation of original compositions, poetry in motion, ancient chants and soaring vocals.

Join us for what is sure to be a transcendental experience.

Photo Credit: Nicole Cleary

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