Tunes find home at cultural festival
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.