Belgrave Survival Day is thrilled to announce acclaimed Gawurra Gaykamangu as the headline performer at this year’s Belgrave Survival Day Friday 26 January!
Gawurra is a Yolngu professional performing artist hailing from Milingimbi (Yurrwi), North East Arnhem Land. With an emotional and resonant voice, Gawurra’s performances deliver a masterful musical sensitivity.
Yolngu people feel the spirit of Gawurra’s music in their hearts. The emotion in his voice touches people to build and refresh their spirit, making them stronger through the vine of love. Gawurra is a genuine young leader in his community, a respected song man with knowledge and power. It is important for Gawurra to connect his culture through his music to all peoples, sharing the love from small communities of the Northern Territory to the major mainstream international music markets of the world.
In 2016, Gawurra won the NT Song of the Year in the Pop category, for ‘Mulunda’. He received four NIMA Awards and gained national recognition throughout the music industry and mainstream media, including an ARIA nomination and a 4.5-star review in Rolling Stone magazine who stated “Gawurra commands attention regardless of backdrop.”
Gawurra’s star has continued to rise in 2017, mounting his first national tour of Australia with SOLD OUT appearances in mainstream music venues throughout the country and as a featured performer at major music festivals. Gawurra has established himself as a “must see” live act, gathering a mainstream following and captivating his audiences across the country. “Gawurra celebrates the natural wonders of his homeland in Gupapuyngu language across his debut album.” – The West Australian
2017 was a big year for Gawurra as he started his own professional music and artist services business. Gawurra Catfish Corporation was formed and operates out of Melbourne to deliver artist representation, music production, music licensing and recording label services.
With Gawurra Gaykamangu headlining the day festival goers will be also enjoy performances by The Deans of Soul, Eskatology, Mullum Mullum Choir, Gnarnaryarrahe – Didge Meditation, Djirri Djirri Dance Group, Mullum Mullum Hip Hop Dance Group as well as contributions from Aunty Dot Peters and SEED Indigenous Youth Climate Network.
Belgrave Survival Day will be held this Friday 26 January in Borthwick Park, Benson Street, Belgrave from 12.00 – 4.30pm. Join in for another day of music, stalls, children’s activities, food and fun and to celebrate the survival of Australia’s First Nations people. Find out more on the Belgrave Survival Day Facebook page.