In 2022 the theme for Reconciliation Week is 'Be Brave. Make Change."
With the round of events that Reconciliation SA is holding this year, that's exactly what we are being. None more so that our first outdoor community concert, which features an incredible ine-up of artists, kids activities and First Nations owned businesses trading as food vendors and stall holders for the duration of the event.
Reconciliation SA is delighted to present the very first Nguyanguya muri wamangka: Reconciliation in the Park.
Take a look at the artist line-up below!
Gela. Say it out loud, say it with pride, with the honour and respect it deserves: GE-lah. You’ve met the bright-eyed, ferociously talented rapper Danzal Baker under a handful of names — the Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land, Baker Boy, the “proud blak Yolngu boy with the killer flow”. Now, he’s ready for you to meet him as Gela: his skin name, and one of the truest markers of his identity.
Miles Davis famously said that an artist should only release a self-titled record when they know themselves well, know themselves truly, and when their music can reflect that. So there was only one obvious, perfect choice for the title of Baker Boy’s long-awaited debut, a blistering, joyful record that paints the young rapper more vividly than ever before: Gela. “Gela is who I am,” Baker Boy says, “and it’s my story.”
23- year old J-MILLA is a proud member of the Mak Mak Marranungu people, who are the traditional landowners of the Litchfield National Park in the NT. Born in Darwin J-MILLA's life started hard from the get-go; yet he managed to find a way to stand outside the intergenerational trauma pathway that affects so many Aboriginal families.
Losing himself in music and storytelling was what got him through and it was this part of his culture that he clung to. When he noticed the power of narrative and its influence on those around him; mainly his brothers and sister - J-MILLA’s passion for writing lyrics and telling his own stories began. J-MILLA used this passion like a weapon to maintain a healthy mental state for himself and his sibling. His lyrical content swings between deep societal commentary and bangin’ club vibes.
At the age of 12 Jay’s mother applied and won a scholarship for him to Scotch College in Adelaide to give her eldest son a better chance at life. Jay moved to Adelaide where he now is a proud resident and calls the place home. Just last year J-MILLA was nominated by MusicSA for “Best Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Artist”. It was his first official industry award nomination.
“Adelaide gave me the chance to break the cycle – I feel blessed by the things that are happening for me here.” says J-MILLA.
Tilly Tjala Thomas
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.
In late 2021, Tilly was awarded Best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Musician of the Year Award and the Emily Burrows Award at the South Australian Music Industry Awards (the SAM’s). This was followed by a Triple J Award, Unearthed Winner for the 2021 National Indigenous Music Awards. Tilly was also a recipient of the Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program which commenced at the start of 2022.
The music video for Tilly’s single ‘Ngana Nyunyi’ directed by Larrakia artist and producer Jimblah, was filmed on Nukunu country in the Southern Flinders (South Australia) and tells the storyline of the song.
Tilly states, “It started as a game that my dad would use to help my little sister and I learn Nukunu language.” She continues, “On long drives Dad would ask, ‘Ngana Nyunyi (what’s that?)’ and we’d reply ‘Nyunyi kulpi/yirta/thartu (that’s a cloud/bird/hill)’.”
Tilly’s father would use the exercise to connect his daughters to their culture whilst also instilling a sense of pride in their culture.
Since finishing school in November 2020, Tilly's profile continues to grow, and she continues to find her authentic voice.
A group of Ngarrindjeri women with 2 kringkri ma:dawar (white sisters) who come together to perform songs in Ngarrindjeri and English to spread and empower a positive message to the community.
We perform together as nannas and sisters who love to share the joys of happiness and reconciliation. Our songs create our journey’s in life and how we have overcome them to heal our mi:wi (inner spirit).
SVVLO is a 21-year-old man, originally from Alice Springs, NT.
His cultural background is Arrernte.
He has DJ opportunities in recent times from local Community events to OzAsia (Lucky Dumpling Market) to Djing at MyLoverCindi nightclub and in more recent times, celebrating and DJing for the Persian New Years Events
SVVLO has always dabbled with different types of music to experiment and create his own music projects.
He is a keen follower of the latest Aboriginal sound and explores the underground and independent genres
Kevin is one of Australia’s most established and popular Aboriginal comedians with a long list of Australian TV credits. He is a proud Aboriginal man from the Ngarrindjeri Nation of the lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region in South Australia.
A high-energy performer, Kevin is sharp, likeable, silly and measured; mixing keen observational standup with joyfully ridiculous physical comedy. His engaging brand of comedy warmly invites both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences to share his journey, his culture, his life.
Kevin is a regular feature on the mainstream corporate, club and festival circuits and a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow regular. He is a bona fide star of the Indigenous performing arts scene.