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Celebrate music from remote Australia in this double bill of top Arnhem Land talent.

Enjoy an electric show from legendary Red Flag songmen of Yilila from Numbulwar and all-female saltwater rock stars Ripple Effect Band from Maningrida.

Yilila is the creation of Ngulmiya Nundhirribala, an accomplished singer, songwriter, songman, dancer and ceremony leader. Together with Numbulwar’s next generation of talented musicians and members of his acclaimed Red Flag Dancers dance group, Yilila mixes traditional Red Flag songs and stories with high energy reggae and rock music. The Red Flag songs tell the stories of the Makassan traders who traded with the Numburindi people of South East Arnhem for hundreds of years. This new show features a selection of mind blowing new and ancient traditional Red Flag songs.

Ripple Effect Band are forging new ground as the first women from their community to play in a band. After turning heads at Barunga and Garma Festivals in 2018 and at sold-out tours of Melbourne and Mona FOMA in Tasmania in 2020, the band is excited to bring their music back to the Top End. Over the past year they have been spending time out on country with elders and community and are now ready to present new songs, new stories and new-found strength as women who rock the stage with confidence.

  • Yilila are Ngulmiya Nundhirribala, Nayurryurr Nundhirribala, Marrayulyuliyn Wurragwagwa, Caleb Murrungun, Dion Wurramara, Bradwyn Murrungun, Alawayu Nunggarrgalu
  • Yilila Photos Anthony Gray
  • Ripple Effect Band are Jolene Lawrence, Rona Lawrence, Jodie Kell, Rachel Thomas, Harriet Fraser-Barbour, Tara Rostron, Marita Wilton, Stephanie James, Patricia Gibson
  • Ripple Effect Band Photo Tanja Bruckner

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