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Apakatjah - Waru

Apakatjah - Waru
Emerging from the deserts of Central Australia is the unique sound of Apakatjah who combine intricate guitar work with ancient languages, stirring harmonies and traditional instruments.

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

About this track...

New single “Waru” is written about the elements which Dion explains, “it’s about fire and water, we are guitar guns (or so we think) so we thought it would be great to mix the three.”

NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARD FINALIST 2016: Live Act of the Year (NT)

Details
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
Main Genre Blues/Roots
Genre 2 Australian Indigenous
Genre 3 Rock
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