Cul­tures come to­gether

Di­verse ar­ray of mu­si­cal styles strike a chord with each other

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

EIGHT storeys high on top of a rooftop, seven mu­si­cians from di­verse cul­tural back­grounds will cre­ate an amaz­ing new sound in the world pre­miere of Worlds Col­lide.

The show, in Par­ra­matta next month, has some­thing for every mu­sic lover, from the rich per­cus­sion sounds of Africa to hip-hop beats and the calm­ing sound of the harp.

Among the mu­si­cians are Ghana­ian per­cus­sion­ist Yaw Derkyi, of St Marys, and Mt Druitt rap­per Ian Es­can­dor (Esky Em­cee), who brings out his Filipino her­itage through hip-hop.

Mr Es­can­dor said the show was up­beat.

“It’s awe­some, it is very dif­fer­ent and not like any­thing peo­ple would have seen,” he said. “It is a chal­lenge us­ing all the cul­tures to­gether, but it has a great up­beat dance vibe.”

The group has been work­ing on the per­for­mance for the bet­ter half of this year un­der the di­rec­tion of Richard Petkovic, also the artis­tic di­rec­tor of Syd­ney Sa­cred Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Mr Petkovic said the show brought a new sound to the coun­try. “Worlds Col­lide will in­vite the au­di­ence to move their bod­ies, from med­i­ta­tive drones and sa­cred African chants, to full on dance beats with soar­ing vo­cals and hip hop rhymes,” he said. “Get ready for a new sound of mul­ti­cul­tural Aus­tralia.”

The group will per­form in Par­ra­matta in Septem­ber.

Tick­ets start at $15 for stu­dents, $30 for adults and chil­dren un­der 16 are free.

Per­form­ers mak­ing a noise in Worlds Col­lide.

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