Venue: Bar Badu
This special collaboration featuring the ARIA and Deadly Award winning Casey Donovan, pioneers of Indigenous hip-hop the Street Warriors and the multi-talented musician and playwright Troy Brady is part of the Sydney Opera House Songrites Project.
Gumbaynggirr woman Casey Donovan is an award-winning artist, receiving an ARIA No #1 Award for Listen with Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent. She toured internationally with the original stage production The Sapphires for Company B / Black Swan State Theatre Company and was crowned with the Best Actress Award at the 4th Deagu International Music Festival Awards in South Korea. Following the recent acting success in the musical Flowerchildren, Casey developed the Mama Cass Tribute concerts and supported the legendary Cyndi Lauper on her Australian national tour.
Award winning Brothers Abie and Warrick Wright, AKA Predator and Wok from the Gamilaroi peoples, are well respected pioneers of Indigenous hip-hop. They are renowned for their energy-filled live shows, poignant lyrics and positive lifestyle messages. Their rage anthem Look at Me saw them garner Best Band, Best Single and Best Video Awards at the BUMP Indigenous Hip Hop and Rap awards in Sydney. The Street Warriors have rocked local and international crowds in excess of 10,000 and appearances have included major festivals such as Yabun, Homebake, Stylin’ Up, The Great Escape, and Groovin’ the Moo, The Dreaming and Woodford Folk Festival and a string of supports to major artists such as 50 Cent and G Unit.
Kuku Yilanji man Troy was one of the original members of Aim 4 More. With a long career in the music industry as a singer songwriter he has formed and toured with a number of eclectic bands including Troy and Trevelyn and the more recent Bunawarun. After a long illness Troy has reemerged on the music scene as well as diversifying into theatre and playwriting. He recently worked with Opera Australia on the production Yarrabah the Musical as an actor and musician. He is currently involved in the Sydney Opera House Songrites project and will be developing a new body of theater work for Playwriting Australia’s Play Festival this year.
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