MAV’s latest program NEWPRINT is all about supporting young artists of colour living in outer urban and regional areas.
What do Wyndham, Melton, Shepparton, and Dandenong have in common?
They are home to some of the hottest emerging music scenes right now 🔥
That means two artists from each area will curate, produce, and market at least four contemporary live music events to fire up their local scenes!
These visionaries have already been leading their own creative movements and we’re thrilled to be able to support their ideas for an even greater future.
From December 2021 to May 2022, the NEWPRINT revolution will be:
🔥 Showcasing fresh talent
🔥 Building communities
🔥 Growing local audiences
🔥 Throwing sick events
We’ll also be partnering up with local arts and community teams to cultivate processes that centre the next generation of artists and their audiences.
The Producers came up with the name NEWPRINT as a spin-off from the word “blueprint”. A blueprint is a guide for making something that can be followed. So NEWPRINT is a new guide for and by people of colour to map out a new way of storytelling and doing things.
NEWPRINT will challenge the mainstream and old ways of the music industry which privileges white artists and genres.
MEET THE NEWPRINT PRODUCERS
REE is a 20 year old artist with roots deep within Fiji, Croatia and Uganda. An artist living and working on the traditional lands of the Yorta Yorta people. Born in Australia, she grew up in Uganda before moving back to Shepparton in late 2014. Ree works across various mediums including visual art, performance, song-writing, music production and programming. She is passionate about working with her community and forming creative expressions through all types of music and art.
“NEWPRINT is regathering and rebuilding creative communities of colour in our local areas. It’s a new platform and a new way of storytelling through original programming and live music that will inspire, motivate, uplift and highlight our stories and voices.”
Image: Ree Peric. Photo courtesy the artist.
YUNGKILY is an African Australian artist and Producer whose vigorous energy has caught the city of Shepparton, Yungkily began his journey after joining a collective of local artists “Heard Instinct” where he worked and collaborated with his fellow local artists and made their appearance at the Land Of Plenty Festival in Shepparton with their track “De Quoi A Tu Peur” which shared massive energy with the crowd. Yungkily is a talented artist with skills across music, sound design and production, but it’s his bold commitment to integrity that sets his work apart, now working hard with a goal to inspire his young ones to put his City on the musical map.
“NEWPRINT is giving me tools and the support I need to cement something in my Shepparton hometown as a producer and artist. My goal is to help bring out all the hidden talent in Shepparton because there’s are so much!”
Image: Yungkily. Photo courtesy the producer.
Aćol Agaar Apollo, better known by the stage name POOKIE, is a South Sudanese rapper, songwriter, composer and producer who was born in Nairobi, Kenya. At age seven, her family migrated to Australia where she was introduced to the works of Missy Elliot and the world of Hip-Hop music at large. POOKIE’s art and music have become dynamic displays of her South Sudanese roots, with many of her pieces celebrating her Dinka culture and heritage.
POOKIE not only employs her art as a means of self-expression, but uses it as a medium to bridge the gap between her experiences as a Black African woman growing up in Australia as part of the subjugated South Sudanese Australian diaspora. For several years, POOKIE has exhibited her art, organised and curated events for empowering Black femme creatives, and performed her spoken word poetry. In 2019, she formed a five-piece band. With a wave of authentic Afro-Jazz and Hip-Hop melodies, she quickly made an artistic impact in Melbourne’s music scene and in performances across Australia.
“Being a part of NEWPRINT has been so stimulating – I can’t wait to deliver for my community.”
Image: POOKIE. Photo courtesy the producer.
TEBIR is a unique Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, and dancer who fuses together African soul and neo-funk genres to create striking music and live performance art. His passion for music was shaped by his parents’ Sudanese heritage and musical culture, and from a young age Tèbir absorbed the musical influence of many soul, funk, and R&B artists including Anthony Hamilton, Michael Jackson, John Legend and T-Pain.
Tèbir weaves his distinctively sultry and smouldering voice with a command of rhythm, rap, and unique lyrics to create songs which range from the intimate to the powerful, combining expressive solos and explosive climaxes. The artful combination of vocal and instrumental performance produces a vivid, vibrant, unique musical experience of soul-infused, neo-funk and R&B music.
“NEWPRINT gives us an opportunity to change what the entertainment industry looks like.
NEWPRINT is creating a pathway for the emerging creatives.
NEWPRINT is a platform for your voice to be heard.
NEWPRINT is the product of the new wave.
NEWPRINT is preparing now for the future, ready to make its mark in the industry.”
Image: Tèbir. Photo courtesy the producer.
TITAN DEBIRIOUN is a South Sudanese social justice advocate and recording artist from Melbourne’s outer western region, dedicated to continuing the exploration of art as a means of protest – he’s become a champion for change, adamant on advancing the weight of minority voices by becoming a voice himself.
“NEWPRINT is an initiative that bets on what the future of production and programming in Australia is going to, or should like in the next ten years. I think artists our age and from the communities we come from have been overlooked for years, we don’t get enough opportunities to partake in meaningful decision making roles when it comes to producing on a higher level and this project prepares us to do just that, I think that’s amazing.”
Image: Titan Debirioun. Photo courtesy the artist.
Damon Paraha a.k.a. NOMAD, was born and raised in “Burn City” Australia to Maori/Samoan parents. His biggest influences are J. Cole, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Citing his uncle’s purchase of a MacBook as the starting point of his rap journey, Nomad uploaded his first project, the “Fixtape Vol. 1” in 2017, which would be engineered by Iconic Beats, the eventual co-founder of The Movement Recording Company. In 2018, Nomad would join the Stir It Up crew with a role in the Mark Hellinger directed “Talent Show” short film, where he would also debut his first official single “An Unexpected Variable”. That same year he would go on to win the Push Start Regional Finals, resulting in a Grand Finalist spot at St Kilda Fest 2019 where he would win The Push/APRA Songwriters award. In 2019 he has released his second official single “This Moment” a collaborative effort with J.B.T and @IconicBeats in the production seat this time. In November of 2019, the ‘Wassup’ artist dropped his first EP, “Intermission”, which is the first EP released under The Movement Record Company.
“NEWPRINT is a brand new platform ushering in the future of event programming in Australia. Empowering producers of colour to develop and realise their own showcases and provide bigger opportunities for artists of diverse backgrounds while mirroring that multiculturalism behind the scenes. I look forward to seeing how this encourages more artistic exploration within our communities and how it will push our creatives to dream bigger!”
Image: NOMAD. Photo courtesy the producer.
JACKI TUT is a South-Sudanese Australian artist from deep in Melbourne’s South-East suburbs. Not seeing herself as belonging to any single genre, Jacki instead moves through RnB, Soul and Hip-Hop to cultivate her sound. Jacki’s often sombre textured songs are guided by her blunt lyrical prowess, drawing inspiration from her experiences of navigating young adulthood.
“Newprint is about to revolutionise the “For Us, By Us” event efforts that we have been doing for a long time. To finally have the resources and funding to back us, it is only the beginning for what we can do.”
Image: Jacki Tut. Photo courtesy the producer.
Independent producer/artist/writer/curator and avid bird watcher – KUSH TUT often calls herself a “Creative Alchemist” for short. Kuichiang “Kush” Kuiy is a second-generation Australian of South-Sudanese heritage. She is of the Nuer nation in the Upper Nile region and a proud cie-wang woman. Kush’s artistic practice is very personal, she is experimental in exploring how she can manipulate different mediums to reflect her third-culture experience; connect with her cultural heritage; and the natural world.
“NEWPRINT is a chance to activate spaces in the outer South-East and contribute to building a much needed live music scene. I’m really looking forward to giving young people in our region something to do and somewhere to go for entertainment that is relatively close to home this summer.”
Image: Kush Tut. Photo courtesy the producer.
Image credit: NEWPRINT Visual Identity by Karena Bravo.
Funded by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. NEWPRINT is part of On the Road Again, a Victorian Government initiative to bring live music back to Victoria.
Supported by Department of Families Fairness and Housing and by The Regional Art Fund through Regional Arts Australia and Regional Arts Victoria.