Assiut and Tie Belly Dance Club is proud to present Kaeshi Chai (NYC) of Bellydance Evolution and Bellyqueen fame in a special night featuring an all-star line-up including Bellydance Kizmet, Azura’s Oasis, Dance Baladi, Underbelly Dance Troupe, Red Earth Ghawazee, Giselle Sibyl, Belly Dance with Trisnasari and Belly Samba duo, Josie and Elena. Kaeshi will share the stage with one-time co-conspirator MC Elf Tranzporter for a memorable performance where Melbourne meets NYC meets the exotic east.
Gifted producer and musician Bal Singh aka Shūnya explores and layers intricate traditional Indian with contemporary bass driven sounds to create a sonic landscape of dreams and story.
The word Shūnya is the philosophical concept of the non-duality between infinite and finite. It is represented by the circle “O” and it reflects his personal and artistic philosophy of a non-duality in genre and style that has been discovered through a very unique musical path that reconciles with, but simultaneously celebrates diversity.
I am honoured to have been featured on ‘Akashic Record Store’ and ‘Elves in the Bodhi Forest’ with more collaborations in the works.
Click through below for a taste of ‘O’
In May, 2012, Monkey Marc and I were commissioned by InCite Youth Arts and NARIS (National Association of Remote Indigenous Schools) to co-produce a song and video clip with students from five selected schools around Australia, (NT, SA, QLD and WA). The project (starting on 4th of June in Arlparra, NT) allowed us five weeks to create a song and video clip aimed at encouraging young Indigenous students to consider teaching as a career.
As we traveled from school to school, the energy surrounding the project steadily increased as the word spread, inspiring creative thought and contributions from all the students, elders and teachers keen to get involved. Amid our rather hectic travel itinerary, the main challenge for us was the limited time allotment (three to four days) we had in each Community.
With this in mind, I would like give a massive shout out to all the brave young artists who made this clip such an inspiring document! They not only rocked the mic in English, but with the guidance of the elders in the community, incorporated no less than five Native Languages from across Australia.
In addition, I would like to acknowledge the support of all the full time teachers and staff from all the schools we visited, whose ongoing dedication means so much to us as visiting artists and enabled us to ‘hit the ground running.’ Thank you for helping us see this project through to such a fantastic conclusion, creating a record of some of the great talent that shines from the communities representing in ‘It’s Your Turn!’
To everyone else, please enjoy absorbing the fresh, unique, home-grown talent scattered across this sacred land! Please spread the knowledge and as the song’s voices sing, “…Pass it on…” if you dig it! “…Learning’s a fire you can’t extinguish!” (Mark Campbell, Mimilli, SA)