Music is Mama Kin's passion
MAKING music was always part of Danielle Caruana, aka Mama Kin, but it wasn't until she recognised how important it was for her wellbeing that she finally burst forth from her chrysalis.
The youngest of six children born to Maltese parents, she grew up surrounded by many musical influences but kept her own passion as a private pursuit, something that the younger Mama found difficult to share.
Her mother's illness and the birth of her own children however changed all that when she realised in wanting her children to grow up with a sense of freedom and being brave, she had to do it herself.
"I realised I was telling my kids to be brave but hiding my own physical and emotional expression of my art form," Mama Kin said.
"I recognised that music was part of my language base and life force - I had to learn to be brave and express it myself."
The result is a captivating mix of sweet soul and gutsy blues presented with sass and appeal and plenty downright foot-stomping fun.
"We have a lot of fun when we are on stage and never take our audiences for granted. The songs are the medium and I believe performing is all about communicating and connecting with people."
Her songs draw deeply from her own personal experiences of heartbreak, loss, troubled and good times delivered in her unique swampy New Orleans style.
"I write songs about things that move me - or make me move. Music is both a physical and emotional experience and can happen in so many ways. I explore a wide range of lyrics but am also attracted to the deep groove of songs by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles."
Mama Kin is joined on stage by her brother Michael on keyboards and percussion and George Servanis on drums, a small outfit that fills the stage with plenty of sound.
Mama Kin will be appearing at the Bellingen Global Carnival on the October long weekend, Friday September 30 to Sunday October 2, with performances on Friday night and Saturday. For more festival information or to book tickets go to http://www.globalcarnival.com/.