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2008 Event Media Release - Whichway NOW!

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Issued Monday, February 4, 2008

The Studio at Sydney Opera House
presents Whichway NOW!

12 March The Studio

In conjunction with MusicNSW and Whichway

Sharnee Fenwick ∙ Marlene Cummins ∙ The Last Kinection

Hosted by 93.7FM Koori Radio’s Gaven Ivey (Naian)

After the success of the inaugural Whichway UP! last year, The Studio at Sydney Opera House will once again host a triple treat of the best Indigenous music around. Whichway NOW! will feature three generations of Australia’s leading contemporary Indigenous musicians across three music genres.

A showcase of the best in country, blues and hip hop, the night will reflect the different journey of each performer. Despite the difference in genres, each musician relies heavily on strong story-telling traditions to connect with the audience.

Whichway NOW! begins with the beautiful vocals of country singer Sharnee Fenwick and her band. At just 20 years old, Sharnee has been heralded as a country music star on the rise after winning the 2006 Deadly Award for Most Promising Talent in Music.

Penning songs that reflect her own experiences growing up in Newcastle, Sharnee’s relaxed style and quick wit has left crowds clamouring for more. She is currently producing her debut full-length album.

Next, Marlene Cummins, has been Australia’s foremost female Aboriginal blues artist for more than a decade.  Growing up amidst the Aboriginal Protection Act of the 1950s, Marlene uses her oppressive childhood and the music of her heroes (Etta James, Big Mamma Thornton and Mahalia Jackson) to create a vibrant mix of original and traditional blues numbers.

The Last Kinections use hip hop and a healthy dose of humour to bridge mainstream and Indigenous music and culture. The next era of Australian urban music, TLK deliver mind blowing lyrics and beats with passion and clarity.

Turntable master Jacob Turier a.k.a DJ Jaytee is joined by brother-sister duo Joel and Naomi Wenitong. Joel was a member of the ground-breaking Indigenous hip hop group Local Knowledge while Naomi was one half of the hugely successful R&B duo Shakaya.

Empowering audiences with respect for culture, truth and freedom of speech, TLK educate as much as they entertain. Their debut independent album is due out soon and their latest single, a remix of The Young Dancer is Dead can be heard on Cannot Buy My Soul, the Kev Carmody tribute album.

SEASON DETAILS: Whichway NOW!
Dates/Times: Wednesday 12 March at 8.15pm.
Venue:  The Studio
Tickets: All tickets $25 or $20 concession.
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777
Duration: 150 minutes

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