Australia’s renowned songwoman of contemporary South Sudanese music, Ajak Kwai fifth studio album, Let Me Grow My Wings is an eclectic collection of twelve self-penned songs reflecting Ajak’s observations, influences and connections since moving to Australia in the late nineties.
Performed in English, some Arabic and Ajak’s native language, Dinka, the record sees Ajak honouring the traditions of her homeland, yet defying stereotypes in what is best described as “modern South Sudanese rock”. Backed by a pulsing rhythm section, piano and guitars feature throughout, with a perfect blend of rhythmic rock gems and emotive ballads, each with a poignant message.
In addition to being ambassador for Melbourne International Arts Festival, Ajak has performed at major festivals, including Mofo, WOMADelaide, Panama Festival and the Tamar Valley, Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals.
Don’t miss Ajak Kwai with her stunning, distinctive vocals fronting a four-piece rock band consisting of lead guitarist Kumar Shome, Matt Erickson on bass and Kofi Kunkpe on drums/percussion.
LOCATION: Courtyard, Rehearsal hub and Box office.
Specific accessibility information for this event:
Visual Rating: 50%
This event is partly subtitled or includes dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.
Aural Rating: 75%
Mainly sound-based, with visuals only incidental to the work, so blind or low vision audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.
Please note the above ticket link will give you access to the whole evening of events from 5 pm – 11 pm.