Global carnival ready for a magical opening night
THINK sandy Arnhem Land beaches, think remote Aboriginal community, think the red sails of 16th century Maccassan traders sailing from Indonesia, think traditional tribal music, think reggae rhythms, electric guitars, drums and bass.
This is Yilila, one of the headline acts of this year's Bellingen Global Carnival, which opens on Friday night.
Founded in 2002 by singer, dancer and entertainer extrordinaire, Grant Nundhirribala, Yilila have not let distance blunt their appetite to perform. Although double bass player and manager Tony Gray admits being 10 hours by road from Darwin and having no cars in the community does make the logistics of travel complicated at times.
Through their music and dance the group tell the story of Dhumbala or Red Flag, their tribe's story of contact and shared cultural ties with early traders long before European contact. Songs are sung in traditional language as well as Creole, led by Grant, whose unique approach to blending sounds old and new will thrill audiences. Making their NSW debut this weekend, you can catch them this Saturday and Sunday night at the Global Carnival.
And beyond Yilila just think wide - this year's carnival brings you sounds from India, Spain, Mexico, Ethiopia, Bosnia, France ... go to www.globalcarnival.com or ring 6655 3024 or turn up at the Showgrounds and buy a ticket.
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