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Visible Music Sessions (Melbourne Festival): Louis Majiwa; The Lalibelas & Amaru Tribe ft. Nhatty Man & Oscar Jiminez

October 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


An explosive collective performance of rhythms and sounds from Ethiopia, Colombia and Australia meet for one night to create a unifying musical experience. With the amazing energy of Nhatty Man and the charisma of Oscar Jimenez, these two emerging local artists join forces to transcend all cultural barriers. This will be a special encounter and celebration of Melbourne’s multicultural music scene. This event is part of Visible Music Sessions, FREE every Sunday at the Foxtel Festival Hub and part of Igniting Imagination – a partnership between Multicultural Arts Victoria and Melbourne Festival. [column width=”1/3″ title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”] Louise Majiwa [/column] [column width=”2/3″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”]

Louise Majiwa

Louis Majiwa is a Kenyan funk-soul singer and songwriter whose style is defined by syncopating soulful multilingual vocals to his rhythmic acoustic guitar. After leaving Kenya, Louis studied in South Africa where his style began to crystalize playing in the dark corners of Newtown alongside some of Johannesburg’s heavy hitters in the underground music scene. His debut EP, ‘Globe Trotter’, launched in Johannesburg in 2011 to critical acclaim. Since moving to Melbourne in 2012, Louis launched his second EP, ‘Imagine’, amongst regular gigs at St Kilda’s The Vineyard, Fitzroy’s The Rainbow Hotel and Elwood Lounge. Louis is the Artistic Director of North Melbourne’s Club Voltaire Thursday Sessions, where he features new live acts. An active member of the Melbourne music scene, Louis was part of the team that brought the inaugural African Festival to Melbourne, and is currently working on his third EP, “Outside Looking In” due for national release this summer. https://louismajiwa.bandcamp.com [/column] [column width=”1/3″ title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”] Nhatty Man [/column] [column width=”2/3″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”]

Lalibelas & Amaru Tribe ft. Nhatty Man with Oscar Jimenez

The Lalibelas, Melbourne’s newest Ethio-Jazz collaboration was founded in early 2014, by Ethiopian Bassist Yoseph H Bekele. The Lalibelas are firmly established in the unique fusion of traditional Ethiopian music, with jazz, Afro-funk, soul and Latin rhythms. The Lalibelas extend the boundaries of this genre, combining bass driven melodies, over-riding harmonica and saxophone solos, together with guitar, drums and keys. Melbourne audiences have responded with acknowledgement to the versatility of Bekele’s original compositions and the band’s performance. The seven members of The Lalibelas are professionally trained musicians, hailing from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Melbourne, Australia. The Lalibelas will be joined on stage by renowned Ethiopian singer Nhatty Man, a household name in Ethiopia. Steadily garnering new support in Australia through his vigorous live performance, Nhatty Man never ceases to get the crowd on their feet. Check out The Lalibelas ft Nhatty Man (raw live footage). Lalibelas & Nhatty are currently working with producer Oscar Jimenez as part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Visible Music Mentoring Program and have struck up a strong musical friendship. [/column] Upcoming events also part of Igniting Imagination 2015: Other Visible Music Sessions at the Foxtel Festival Hub, FREE: Sunday 18 October, 3pm Farkhonda Akbar ft. Lapkat Cumbia Cosmonauts X Olugbade Okunade, Lamine Sonko & Amadou Kalissa Sunday 25 October, 3pm Beatrice ft. Supina Bytol & Sinit Tsegay Reza Fazeli Saharnaz Kia Spoken Word Sessions at M Pavilion, FREE: Thursday 15 October, 1pm Featuring surrealist romance from Sean M Whelan and polynesian mana from Grace Vanilau. Thursday 22 October, 1pm Ebony Moncreif, Abdul Hammoud and Abe Nouk exploring our cultural identity, life and love. 2015 Igniting Imagination Ambassadors: Leaders in their artistic practice and representing the changing face of diversity in the arts: Farkhonda Akbar, Victoria Chiu, James Henry, Moses Iten, Ajak Kwai, Lamine Sonko, Sinit Tsegay, Wang Zheng Ting and Chi Vu. We invite you to connect with them at the Festival or on social media!

Igniting Imagination is a partnership between Multicultural Arts Victoria & Melbourne Festival that has been running every year since 2011. This project builds dynamic new bonds with our culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and brings exceptional artistic talent form Australia’s emerging, Indigenous and refugee communities to the stage.


October 11, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm