The Key of Sea - A Must See
The Key of Sea held at Hamer Hall in December was such a stunning success and triumph for multiculturalism and partnership. To see asylum seekers and refugees shine on stage with raw talent and class was inspiring and broke a number of stereotypes. The partnerships with Aussie musicians (ie less recent Aussies with more recent Aussies) was exquisite. This was volume 2 of the project and it was a triumph. Grab yourself a copy of the album...
The concert featured Tim Rogers with Polyxeni, Jinja Safari with Kinfe Geshu, Brous with Awaz, Chet Faker with The Royal Swazi Spa, and The Tiger & Me with Murtaza Jafari with special guests MC Rockwiz’s Brian Nankervis and Waleed Aly.
Tim Rogers teaming with a Greek unit was a classic. Tim did such an epic job rocking out at the AFL Grand Final recently and this was something completely different. He brought a heap of soul with his rock attitude.
I'm a big fan of Sophia Brous, a rising Australian Jazz artist, who moves with confidence and delivers strong unique vocals. Her partnership with Awaz, who brought the seven string baglama and played soulful Kurdish music, was breathtaking.
Every performer was electrifying and the event was world class. I sat there thinking every Australian should see this...
MC Brian Nankervis is consumate. His ability to ad lib and entertain was first class. To bring young Sudanese rappers up on stage was a masterstroke.
As with The Key Of Sea CD release, profits from The Key of Sea concert series will be distributed to the following Australian refugee and asylum seeker charities: The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and SAIL (Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program).
The Key of Sea volume 2 album is highly recommended.