LAUNCH OF NEW TALK BLAK : TAKE TWO ALBUM

By , 22 August, 2017

BELCONNEN ARTS CENTRE ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF NEW TALK BLAK : TAKE TWO ALBUM.

CREEKSIDE TO HEADLINE TALK BLAK : TAKE TWO CD LAUNCH EVENT

Belconnen Arts Centre is thrilled to announce the launch of the new Talk Blak Radio Take Two Album, which will be available for sale from the Arts Centre from the 26th of August 2017.

To launch the CD and celebrate the achievements of the Talk Blak team we will be hosting a launch event with live music and a chance to talk with the artists and mentors who have contributed to this equally poignant and inspiring album.

WHAT > “Talk Blak Radio: Take Two” CD LAUNCH

WHERE > Belconnen Arts Centre

WHEN > 3pm on Sunday 27 August

MEDIA > PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES

The launch will include headline performances by Creekside and Ani Ani (Anania Esayas) along with selected performances by others featured on the CD Myronizinfektiuos, Cappo, Trey Goodsell, Darkrose, Ikenna Enji, Priya and Aysha Chandra, Ikenna Enji, The Wumpaz, Salale, Koebi and Kashia Famui.

Interviews will be available with principle artists Zac Woodhill, Ryan Micallef, Tyson Powell and Priya Chandra, Facilitator/Producer.

Figuring prominently on the CD are Creekside, Micca (Ryan Micallef), Kaz (Zachary Woodhill), Raja Enz (Zane Fajri), SsJonn (John Aitsi) and Papuadij (Tyson Powell); who have been participating since the program was established. Hip hop brought them together at high school in Western Creek and now allows them to share their local identity and enables them to touch audiences with their words and beats. Their recent live performances at NAIDOC on the Lake, at the Transit Bar and Garema Place in Canberra City, have been major, affirming experiences for this group of emerging artists.

WHAT IS TALK BLAK? A Timeline and Overview

> Talk Blak is a Canberra community project which evolved throughout 2015-2016, aimed at Indigenous and new migrant youth aged 17-25. Participants developed skills in hip-hop music through writing workshops, live performance and a culminating mixed-media installation at Belconnen Arts Centre.

> Talk Blak is aimed at youths who are at increased risk of social isolation, experience reduced retention in formal education, and face barriers in accessing health and other services. They are marginalised and are prevented from accessing opportunities in a creative industry context for them to learn, explore, create and perform. As a result, their voices are not heard.

> In partnership with The Ted Noffs Foundation Street University in 2016-17, participants of Talk Blak were given the opportunity to take part in a follow-on program focused on: research, content development and song writing; performance and production skills; industry sector knowledge and hands-on experience, and have produced the new album Talk Blak Radio: Take Two.

> Regular focus sessions were held with industry professionals, complemented by opportunities for cultural exchange with local Indigenous elders and other representative organisations to provide inspiration, context and motivation.

> The Talk Blak project has offered the participants: artistic development, technical skills in sound and music production, performance skills, hands on experience in creative collaboration and an unparalleled opportunity on the Talk Blak Radio: Take Two CD, to tell their own stories and share their perspective with the broader community.

> Talk Blak has been running at the Street Uni with facilitation from Michael Wier and Producer Priya Chandra. This week we received the finished Music CD, which contains 20 great tracks by local emerging hip hop artists, musicians and singers. The CD was mixed and mastered by Gary Famui also of Street University (a Noffs Foundation initiative).

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