Cairns finest indigenous musical artists with stories from an array of cultures

Brought together and produced by music educator, songwriter/arranger, Rubina Kimiia and multi-instrumentalist, engineer, Will Kepa, Sounds of AustraNesia is a gathering of Cairns’ finest Indigenous musical artists of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Polynesian and Melanesian descent.

Celebrating the unique diversity of multi-cultural North Queensland, this outstanding ensemble showcases harmony amongst diversity in both song and spirit, giving voice to original music of each artist with the universal theme of ‘Roots’.

The jewel in the crown of this unique outfit is the blend of the Austranesian voices into one soul-stirring choir, led by Kimiia, laced with intricate harmonies and embedded in cleverly constructed instrumentation by Kepa.  Broad in genre yet individual in story and delivery, all songs are steeped in language and traditional instrumentation unique to that artist, at once highlighting culture and heritage, whilst educating the listener about the place we call home.

Rubina Kimiia

Will Kepa

The breadth of talent in the group enables enormous scope for multi-dimensionalism, hence the AustraNesia brand is fast becoming a name synonymous with world-class music since their CD launch in June 2013. Highlights include:

  • Performing with Archie Roach, July 2013
  • Headliner act Cairns Festival, July 2013
  • Cairns Carols by Candlelight, December 2013
  • Headlined Tanks Arts Centre, International Women’s Day, March 2014
  • Australian Tourism Exchange, May 2014
  • Opening Ceremony of Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, July 2014
  • Queensland Music Festival, September, 2014

The combined strengths of Kimiia and Kepa, together with the individual and collective talents of the ensemble, while presenting original songs with themes of today and yesteryear and showcasing international and emerging talent, promises to deliver an experience of delectable and unforgettable musical flavours found throughout AustraNesia.

I heard the album for the first time last night & I have to say, it was MIND BLOWING. Awesome stuff guys.

Trent

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Sounds of Austranesia is a powerful showcase of the finest singers and musicians of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Papua, Polynesian and Melanesian descent from Far North Queensland. Singing in a mixture of traditional language and English and using traditional instruments, their performances are a stirring and beautiful display of the rich and diverse tapestry of cultures in the tropical north of Australia.

Ali Copley

General Manager , CIAF