Tiwi Is­lands notes to fill town hall

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Hor­sham Town Hall pa­trons will be able to ‘jour­ney’ to the Tiwi Is­lands through a per­for­mance of ‘Ma­manta’ on Satur­day.

Build­ing on its in­ter­na­tional tour­ing ac­claim, seven-piece Tiwi Is­lands band B2M – Bathurst to Melville – is on its first ma­jor na­tional tour.

The band will show­case its unique blend of con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional sound for an 8pm per­for­mance that re­veals the breadth of Tiwi cul­ture and iden­tity.

Ma­manta – mean­ing ‘friend’ in Tiwi – is a cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence told through a mix of mu­sic, multi-me­dia and song.

In an his­toric show of sup­port from Tiwi el­ders, B2M has per­mis­sion to use tra­di­tional Tiwi chants and blend them with mod­ern mu­si­cal el­e­ments.

Com­bined with vivid multi-me­dia im­agery of con­tem­po­rary arts and cul­tural prac­tices, Ma­manta brings the Tiwi Is­lands to life.

Band mem­ber Jef­frey ‘Yello’ Si­mon said the per­for­mance drew on a strong ta­pes­try of sto­ries, in­clud­ing ‘our own song­lines that have never left the Tiwi Is­lands’.

“Ma­manta is un­like any­thing ever seen. We have never cre­ated a show that shares our ex­pe­ri­ence this fully,” he said.

From an­cient sto­ries to life to­day, Ma­manta hon­ours the past and cel­e­brates the fu­ture.

“Like the paint­ings that re­flect the de­pic­tion of coun­try, our song­lines demon­strate our jour­neys, our his­tory and our com­mu­nity,” Yello said.

Formed in 2004, B2M fea­tures Tiwi men who write, record and per­form mu­sic that tran­scends cul­tural, so­cial and geo­graphic bound­aries.

Pro­mot­ers de­scribe the band’s mu­sic as unique and in­fec­tious, ‘filled with beats, chants and har­monies that show­case their abil­ity to carry a pos­i­tive im­age of their peo­ple and cul­ture through RNB, Tiwi style’.

“For us, the mes­sage that B2M shares is the most im­por­tant facet of our mu­sic,” Yello said.

“Steer­ing clear of catchy love-songs, we fo­cus on big­ger is­sues, such as drug and al­co­hol abuse, men­tal health and un­der­stand­ing iden­tity.”

Ma­manta is di­rected by Gail Evans and pro­duced by Art­back NT and Skin­ny­fish Mu­sic.

B2M band mem­bers are Shel­ton Mur­ray, Greg Orsto, Fabian Kan­tilla, Daniel Cun­ning­ham, Damien Narul, Dar­ren Narul and Yello.

The band’s three-month tour started in Port Pirie, South Aus­tralia, and in­volves 30 venues across Aus­tralia.

Hor­sham Town Hall mem­ber tick­ets are $20, mem­bers con­ces­sion $15, adults $30 and con­ces­sion $25.

Peo­ple can book by call­ing 5382 9555 or vis­it­ing web­site hor­sham­town­hall.com.au.

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