Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja) is a duo consisting of Dion Forrester and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan who share the songwriting, guitar playing and singing equally. Through their performances they weave together a reflection of their blended cultures and wide musical influences such as Aboriginal desert reggae like Tjupi Band, old school metal like Iron Maiden and guitar master, Tommy Emmanuel.
Through its two band members Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants. The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage, which the duo have reclaimed to demonstrate the pride they have in their identity and to draw strength from their culture.
"We want our performances to be an experience that touches people as much by the lyrics and music, as by the story behind it. We also want to have fun on stage! If people are dancing then we’re happy.” Johnno
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NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARD FINALIST 2016: Live Act of the Year (NT)
|Number Of People In Act||2 Piece|
|State/Territory Artist Is Based In||NT|
|City/Town/Region Artist Is Based In||Alice Springs|
|Taken From The Release Titled||Waru|
|Copyright Holder's Name||Apakatjah|
|Media Servicing Date||2016-09-16|
|Genre 2||Australian Indigenous|
|Genre 4||Alternative Country|
|Contains explicit lyrics or themes that may offend some listeners||No|
|Artist Official Web Site||http://onepagelink.com/apakatjah/|
|Artist Social Network Page||http://www.facebook.com/Apakatjah|
|Online Store Page 1||http://www.facebook.com/Apakatjah|
|Content Provider||Footstomp Music|