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Radio Reimagined

September 10, 2020 - October 31, 2020


MAV and the Victorian Seniors Festival present this special edition of online radio programs for Radio Reimagined featuring local CALD artist. Exclusive live music, spoken word performances and interviews by Zii, Soreti, Mindy Meng Wang, Vinod Prassana, Allara Briggs Pattison, Nela Trifkovic, Amadou Suso and Ajak Mabia.

An intimate encounter with amazing artist from various cultural backgrounds sharing their stories, connections and current works. Interviewed by Jessica Ankomah and Oscar Jimenez, the programs run from August till October 2020.

The Victorian Seniors Festival is an important Victorian Government initiative celebrating older Victorians and the valuable contribution they make to our community. These programs provide an opportunity for older Victorians to enjoy especially curated content that they can watch and listen to.

Listen to the Radio Reimagined shows below:

Soreti Kadir and Zii

Australian poets/spoken word artists, Zii and Soreti, share their new works exclusively for Radio Reimagined and speak with journalist Jessica Ankomah about this powerful artform, their inspiring stories and the challenges they faced under the current lockdown.

Soreti Kadir is a storyteller, facilitator & activist. Over the last 5 years Soreti Kadir has worked with a diverse number of platforms and organisations including Spotify talks, Ascension magazine, Melbourne writers festival and The Wheelers Centre. A captivating storyteller both on the stage and on the page, Soreti has performed solo and collaboratively across mediums, with poetry being her specialty. She has authored two books of poetry and released multimedia work.

Zii is a Melbourne based creative blending his artistry into a soulful experience. Originally from Zimbabwe, Zii began his creative career as a rapper and musician. 2017 saw Zii step into the Spoken Word scene as he was part of the Band Of Brothaz compromising Melbourne’s most decorated spoken word artists.

This program contains mentions of mental health. Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, www.lifeline.org.au or Beyond Blue 1300 224636, beyondblue.org.au.

Mindy Meng Wang and Vinod Prassana

Ancient musical instruments Guzheng and Indian Bansuri Flute come together on this exclusive music collaboration for listeners of Radio Reimagined. With instrumentalists and composers Mindy Meng Wang (Australia/China) and Vinod Prasanna (Australia/India), who also be share their music and cultural connections.

Mindy Meng Wang is a Chinese/Australian musician, teacher and composer. Her cross-cultural life and professional experience create her unique style, which has been influenced by Chinese classical and western contemporary music and she loves to experiment and improvise on the traditional Chinese instrument – the guzheng.

Born into one of India’s greatest flute-playing families, award-winning bansuri (flute) virtuoso, Vinod Prasanna, shines as an outstanding performer of authentic traditional and contemporary Indian music. Vinod’s emotive melodies, exquisite improvisations and divine flute song distinguish his performance of Indian classical, world and meditation music.

Allara Briggs Pattison

An intimate episode with Yorta Yorta musician, composer and filmmaker Allara Pattison. As a climate advocate, Allara’s artistic works align with environmental and social justice topics. In conversation with journalist Jessica Ankomah, Allara talks about her music, family, new projects and challenges in the current climate and delivers an original musical performance specially made for Radio Reimagined.

Allara is a Yorta Yorta musician, composer, filmmaker, and involved in the climate justice movement. Using a double bass and loop station at the core, she is inspired by ancient oral traditions and is a natural storyteller. Allara harnesses hard-hitting spoken word taking the listener on a journey reflecting cultural, spiritual and environmental empowerment. Gently lulling audiences into a united chorus of unadorned melodies, her sound is unique and soul-stirring.

1. Wala Is Life
2. Seed
3. Incomplete Reflections

Nela Trifkovic and Saray Iluminado

Bosnian-Australian musician, singer and performer, Nela Trifkovic joins us on this special episode of Radio Reimagined. She recorded three beautiful pieces exclusively for our audiences. Interviewed by Oscar Jimenez from MAV, Nela shared with us personal stories about her family’s musical heritage and what inspired her to pursue her music career.

Nela Trifkovic is a Bosnian- Australian musician and performance maker with 15 years of practice in music and theatre. She arrived to Australia in the mid 90s, as a refugee during the war in ex-Yugoslavia. Nela studied music composition, piano, voice and performance making at WAAPA until 2003, and later at VCA where she completed her doctorate in 2013. Nela is the artistic director of a folk-art band Saray Iluminado that specialises in Bosnian and Sephardic Jewish music (www.sarayiluminado.com) She also freelances as a composer and music director, mainly working in independent theatre.

Amadou Suso and Ajak Kwai

Our final program brings two amazing African-Australian artists: Kora player Amadou Suso (of Senegambian Jazz Band) and singer songwriter Ajak Kwai. The program includes exclusive live performances and original repertoire from both cross-cultural artists. Interviewed by Jessika Ankomah, Amadou and Ajak shared their inspiring musical stories and connection to their rich cultures. Join us on this double grand finale of the Radio Reimagined programs curated in collaboration with MAV.

Ajak Kwai’s music is inspiring and soulful, infused with funky afro-beats representing the depth and richness of her South Sudanese roots. Her performances are filled with vibrant sounds and her distinctive voice has mesmerised audiences nationally and internationally.

Amadou Souso comes from Gambia in West Africa and is a descendent of the first Kora master who lived 760 years ago. Amadou has travelled the world and brings to life the depth of Mandinka history and fuses it with contemporary mastery of the African harp.

Produced by MAV
Interview by Oscar Jimenez
Producer Arik Blum
Copyright Multicultural Arts Victoria

MAV’s aim is to channel the artistic practices of culturally diverse artists and communities to create systems of cultural production and participation that uphold equity and self-determination.


September 10, 2020
October 31, 2020