Tunes find home at cul­tural fes­ti­val

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It’s all about eth­nic di­ver­sity.

---- Nick Ng

QUEENS­LAND Mul­ti­cul­tur­alWeek starts this week­end, and Charleville will get its fair share of at­ten­tion.

Nick Ng is one of a five-piece band trav­el­ling through re­gional Queens­land spread­ing their mu­si­cal and cul­tural back­grounds.

They will play the Charleville Town Hall on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 26, with the first note played at 6pm.

They’re part of the Ethno Road­show, a trav­el­ling band of di­verse mu­si­cians cel­e­brat­ing mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism across the state.

The con­certs and work­shops they’re hold­ing are all com­pletely free.

“Mainly it’s just to share what can hap­pen mul­ti­cul­tur­ally be­cause it’s all about eth­nic di­ver­sity,” Mr Ng said.

“That’s why we’re go­ing out to re­gional Queens­land, just to show that dif­fer­ent cul­tures can work to­gether in a pos­i­tive way

“And that’s some­thing that we love to share.”

Mr Ng said the high­light of the tour for him is the young Abo­rig­i­nal duo Black Smoke.

“They’re amaz­ing vo­cal­ists,” he said.

“They’re both in­dige­nous or have First Na­tions her­itage.

“Emi­lyWur­ru­mara is from up north. The other singer is Saraima Batt. Both have got very sweet voices.

“The stuff they do is a bit more blues, bor­der­ing on pop.

“I think that’s a high­light of this year’s tour, to have in­dige­nous sto­ries.

“They’re the ba­bies of the tour – barely even 20.”

Other mem­bers in­clude Omeed Tas­mim who is Afghani. Ce­lestino Conde is Bo­li­vian and plays pan pipes. Bar­bod Val­adi is usu­ally an Ira­nian jazz mu­si­cian.

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