About Yothu Yindi & The Treaty ProjectArtist Enquiry
As evinced by Yothu Yindi’s success in the 1990’s, Indigenous music, song and dance are powerful tools of protest.
The current national conversation surrounding Indigenous affairs and recent wave of new generation artists keeping the message and culture alive; such as A.B.Original, Baker Boy, Kardajala Kirridarra, Electric Fields, not to mention the recent successful reformation tour of Midnight Oil, stalwart supporters of the cause, have made it clear that now is the time for this iconic outfit to renew their involvement in that protest.
To that end, Razor Recordings has launched an exciting new live show called Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, designed to raise awareness and rally support across Australia for the need for treaty with Australia’s First Nations people; to celebrate Indigenous culture and to foster opportunities for emerging Indigenous artists.
Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project was inspired by the new remix package celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘Treaty (Filthy Lucre Remix), which resulted in ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Yothu Yindi reuniting with Gavin Campbell, founding member of production outfit Filthy Lucre, in a reinvigorated formation. The outfit features original Yothu Yindi members, along with emerging First Nations artists and special guests, performing impressive new remixes of classic Yothu Yindi hits (courtesy of Nubreed, Lostep and Filthy Lucre), plus brand new material, all with an electronic twist in a cross-generational celebration of cultural diversity.
This unique, bespoke ensemble has already garnered widespread interest following a string of exclusive appearances at Strawberry Fields Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Homeground at Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre and Croxton Bandroom, with anticipation high for their forthcoming Festival 2018 concert on the opening night of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Founding members Witiyana Marika, Stuart Kellaway and Kevin Malngay Yunupingu are joined onstage by former band member Shellie Morris, popular Indigenous singer/songwriters Yirrmal (son of Witiyana), Dhapanbal Yunupingu (daughter of the late Dr M. Yunupingu), performer and artist Kamahi Djordon King and talented newcomer, clan member Yirrnga Yunupingu.
Very special guests onstage are legendary Goanna frontman Shane Howard and on keyboards and baritone sax, Ania Reynolds, current musical director of Circus Oz. Rounding out the line-up on percussion and a Toraiz SP-16 sampler is DJ/producer Gavin Campbell.