Events and Tours

DuOuD in Australia March 2019

Your favourite electronic oud duet DuOuD are returning to Australia in March 2019. They will be performing at Womadelaide, followed by performances in Sydney and Melbourne. Stay tuned for details.

Bashka at Nightcat with Amin Payne / Hari Sivanesan album launch

Born out of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s ReMastered Myths music program, the unique collaboration between producer/DJ, Amin Payne, and acclaimed Veena artist, Hari Sivanesan, deconstructs stereotypes surrounding world music. The night will also feature Bashka with their dance music from the dirt streets of Turkey via Melbourne, the captivating vocals and electronica of Aarti Jadu and experimental dancer and theatre maker, Joshinder Chaggar.

Collaborators Amin Payne and Hari Sivanesan create hypnotic soundscapes that fuse Traditional Indian music with hip hop elements and modern technology creating something fresh to bring both cultures and sounds together. This a very special project that moulds the analogue vs digital world together to connect the audience with the familiar sounds and educate them with the not so familiar.

Amin Payne is a producer/DJ/performer from Auckland now based in Melbourne. Co-Founder and member of the bands ‘Due Dillagence’ & ‘OJ KUSH’ he is also a vital member of the Operatives, and co-founder of Condensed Milk, a collective and label that has a strong following across Melbourne and has released several acclaimed compilations of local and International artists. Amin has released work on Cascade Records, Hot Shot Sounds, Born To Shine & BeatGeeks and has shared stages with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Talib Kweli, Peanut Butter Wolf, Eric Lau, Hudson Mohawke, Kev Brown, Oddisee, Suff Daddy, Black Milk, Tall Black Guy, Julien Dyne and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan is one of the UK’s most acclaimed Veena Artists. Having trained under Gurus in London and India, Hari was chosen by Pandit Ravi Shankar to collaborate on numerous projects including a 40 city concert tour and various CDs. He worked at a young age with the late George Harrison (the Beatles) in producing Raviji’s CDs and was invite to play at Concert for George after his passing. Hari was chosen by BBC Radio 3 as their Would Routes Mentee to produce a series of radio programs presenting Carnatic music to UK radio listeners. He mentored under Smt Aruna Sairam, culminating in sharing a stage with her for the first and only Carnatic (South Indian) BBC Prom in 2011 and the first time the Veena was played in the Royal Albert. Hari has toured extensively as both a solo artist and accompaniment especially for dance. Under the instruction of Smt Sivasakthi Sivanesan he now has started to teach to the younger generation.

Drawing their inspiration from the vast ocean of Turkish music, Melbourne based group Bashka are creating a new genre which slips between east and west with natural ease. Musically spanning two continents and many centuries Bashka explore the contrast between east and west, composed and improvised, original and traditional, acoustic and digital. Live samples and loops merge seamlessly with ancient acoustic and modern western instruments to create music which brings to life old folk songs, gypsy ballads and dance music from the dirt streets of old Turkey.

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Aarti is a self-taught “jazz” and “world” musician, singer/songwriter and yogi. Starting off in early childhood with roots in Indian devotional music, such as bhajan, she has weaved together elements of each of her interests into a rich tapestry informed by many disciplines. Her experiences with her mentor Vinod, her family, her daily rituals and contemporary singing and songwriting have had strong influences in cultivating a sense of spirit and sensuality.

Joshinder has been dancing, choreographing & teaching dance since 2002. She is a Teacher, Actor, Choreographer, Producer and Writer. She worked for ten years in Karachi (2007 to 2017) as a dance artist & choreographer, in Theatre, TV & Film. Her work evolved when she joined the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi to teach ‘Movement for actors’.
Her work is inspired by original stories & the desire to investigate the human mind.

27 July 2018
9 PM till late
The Night Cat
137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy

$15 Full / $10 Concession via The Night Cat

Amin Payne + Hari Sivanesan EP Launch – ‘Sarasvati’ is presented as part of Emerge In Yarra 2018.

Dereb The Ambassador album launch at Howler

Dereb Desalegn is well known on the streets of Addis Ababa as one of Ethiopia’s most respected singers with chart topping singles from an early age. Since moving to Australia he has taken the music world by storm with the self-titled project, ‘Dereb the Ambassador’ who deliver distinctive, vintage inspired ‘Ethio Soul’. If you haven’t heard them yet think afro-beat, think 60s-70s funk, think Ethiopian jazz, all wrapped in raw power!

‘Dereb the Ambassador’ released their self titled album in 2011 to a wave of critical acclaim both locally and internationally. Following on from this, Eshururu (Witness),  released in 2016 on Paris DJs ‘Electric Afroland’ compilation, and their EP ‘Volume II’ continued their reign as one of the most powerful new acts on the scene. The new album “Ethiopia” delivers more of the hard-hitting Ethiopian soul the band are renowned for, this time with more energy and intricacy. ’Ethiopia’ will leave you no choice but to get up off your seat.

Dereb the Ambassador will launch their new album ‘Ethiopia’ in Melbourne on Saturday the 2nd of June at Howler in Brunswick. Dereb the Ambassador will be supported by Turkish fuelled Ethno-Electro band Bashka and DJ matutara.

Saturday 4 June | Howler (Tickets | Facebook)

Howler, 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3065


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Northcote Social Club

Bashka @ Nortcote Social Club 06 Jan 2018

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Globe to Globe Festival

Globe to Globe Festival

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Dereb the Ambassador Japan Tour August 2017

Born in Ethiopia, Dereb Desalegn (aka Dereb the Ambassador) grew up surrounded by a family of musicians, and from an early age was completely immersed in his home countrys richly unique melange of sounds, rhythms and musical styles. Now based in Sydney, Derebs musical career has gained considerable momentum over the past year with the release of an acclaimed debut album and several Australian performances at venues in Sydney and Melbourne as well as at larger festivals such as Womadelaide.He has also been garnering considerable interest abroad, and has more recently returned to Australia from a tour to Ethiopia and a festival performances in Korea and Japan.

As word about Dereb continues to spread, his mind-blowing vocal talents and addictive brand of Ethio-soul, enthrals a growing fan base of happily music-savvy folk who know there’s more to life than three-chord guitar rock. Backed by a ridiculously tight seven-piece ensemble that boasts some of the hardest-working musicians on the Sydney scene, Dereb the Ambassador taps into territory hitherto uncharted on local stages, and in doing so breathes a kaleidoscope of texture into the possibilities for music in Australia.

His repertoire unites a classic jazz-fusion sounds of 60s-70s Ethiopia now becoming increasingly popular around the globe, as well as shoulder-shakingly rhythmical incarnations of traditional Ethiopian tunes, and of course a swagful of spicy, hypnotic originals.





Vila Navio Australia Tour 2017