Ngundakati: Music

Celebrating the rich contribution to the world’s culture of Indigenous people, this performance brings together leading contemporary SA artists Corey Theatre, Vonda Last, Nathan May and Jessica Wishart in an intimate evening of language, culture, songs and storytelling through music.

The word Ngundakati comes from the Gunditjmara language of Western Victoria meaning music or ceremony.

Saturday Feb 17th, 7:30pm

Corey Theatre is one of Australia’s most important emerging Indigenous singer songwriters. Originally from Daylesford in Victoria (Jaara Country) and now living in Adelaide (Kaurna Country), Corey is a singular artist whose extraordinary talent is capable of speaking eloquently to our sense of national identity. His debut single Ngathuk Ngalina is sung in the Gunditj-Mara language and features legendary artist Archie Roach.
Corey is a strong believer in the use of music as a medium for language revival and he actively explores this philosophy through his own artistic expression. Drawing on community knowledge and historical documents Corey uses his music as medium to revive the Gunditj-Mara language, a tongue that has not been spoken fluently for close to a hundred years.

Vonda Last is a Ngaanyatjarra singer and songwriter living in Adelaide, South Australia.

Divine vocalist and lyrical wordsmith Vonda Last is one of South Australia’s most important songwriters and performers. Central to her work is ‘community’ and the maintenance of Indigenous languages through music. Vonda has worked extensively with Indigenous community choirs across South Australia in her capacity as Choir Director. Central to her work in community music has been the revival of Indigenous languages, and maintenance through composition of contemporary music.

Jessica Wishart

Jessica Wishart is a young Bidjara woman who writes and performs songs inspired by her love of music, family and culture. She is a storyteller whose songs take elements of country, folk and soul music and weave them into deeply personal tales which capture and express her unique experience.

In 2017, she has recorded her debut EP, working with acclaimed songwriter and performer John Baker and featuring additional vocals by Nancy Bates. The EP, recorded with The Yearlings’ Chris Parkinson, was released in October. Also in 2017, she has performed at Tandanya’s Survival Day concert, at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and at Spirit Festival, and is one of two artists in Nexus Arts’ Creative Pathways development program for ATSI contemporary musicians.

Nathan May, born in Darwin NT, descends from the Arabana (SA), Yawuru (WA) and Marridjabin (NT) clans.

Nathan is an emerging artist who is very passionate about music and the music industry. He has worked alongside some of Adelaide’s best Aboriginal vocalists such as Ellie Lovegrove, Zacchariaha Fielding and Simi Vuata.

In early 2016, Nathan was funded to put out a 5 track EP of his own original music called ‘Reflections’, which is out now on iTunes. The EP is a reflection of his life and events that have happened in the last few years of his journey. In 2017 Nathan was selected as one of two participants in Nexus Arts’ Creative Pathways development program, allowing him to focus on his career development for this period.

Nathan will record his debut full length album in late 2017 for release in early 2018.

This program has been supported by the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund.