Shellie Morris and Troy Jungaji Brady are steeped in the cultural ways of this country. The international touring artists come together to present a show that has been in the making for 60,000 years with languages of the First Nations people of Australia sung loudly across the east coast.
Shellie sings in more than 17 Aboriginal languages, many considered sleeping, is a community role model, NT Australian of the Year and NAIDOC Artist of the Year.
Troy Jungaji Brady sings in the language of his freshwater people, the GuGu Yelanji of Far North Queensland, connecting his bloodline and keeping cultural fires burning.
These contemporary artists bring voice and belonging to ancient stories reimagined for today’s world. Where the freshwater meets the saltwater, these two song people sing up for joy, laughter and a reminder that this country has a long history and many tales.
Shellie Morris is of the Yanyuwa and Wardaman in the Northern Territory, connecting to the Yolngu people through blood ties, thus able to use the Yolgnu Matha word for where the freshwater meets the saltwater, Miliyawutj.
Troy is from the GuGu Yelanji nation of the south west Cape York region of Queensland on his father’s side a descendent of the Kawanji clan group, sunset Bama (Aboriginal people). On his mother’s side, his blood ties are to the Birri Gubba (Gia) peoples.
This event is presented by EM Media & Events in association with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.