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Two First Nations performers come together to share their cultures and inspiration in a special musical collaboration.

Leela Gilday is from Déline on the shore of Great Bear Lake in Canada’s north. Her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. She writes about the people and the land that created her and the power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture.

Originally from Groote Eylandt, award-winning singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara shares her stories and experiences with heart and honesty through her original music sung in English and Anindilyakwa.

Both Leela Gilday and Emily Wurramara create music that is deeply rooted in their culture and heritage. Now they come together for a Darwin Festival residency, where they can share their musical and life experiences and work together to create some beautiful sounds.

  • 'Leela Gildays voice comes straight from the heart.'

    Roots Music Canada
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