The music of Hank Williams
Craig McLachlan & The Wandrin Cowboys + Support Act Nathan May
Thebarton Town Hall
New Years Eve
Rundle Park / Kadlitpina will be transformed into an African Village for a lavish full-day immersive festival celebrating African cultures on Saturday 12 November, and all are welcome!
Event creator Cecile Saidi said “With the love for our roots, and the guidance of our ancestors, we are bringing Africa to your very doorsteps! Our very first Masoka Village will be hosted on the traditional lands of the Kaurna People of the Adelaide plains.”
Set within a circle of bamboo huts, thatched with dried grasses and turf, being constructed on-site, attendees will experience traditional music and dance performances from a number of African cultures, delicious food tasting, and interactive workshops featuring dance, storytelling, musical instruments and drumming.
A further bamboo hut will be constructed on the day allowing visitors to learn and participate in traditional building methods.
The action-packed day brings together the rich and diverse cultures from East, West, North and Southern Africa, with participants so far confirmed from Burundi, Congo, Ghana, South Sudan and Morocco.
Local actor Mwajemi Hussein, who stars in the latest Rolf de Heer film, The Survival of Kindness will perform theatre pieces around the celebration of new life, and the mourning of life passing.
The festival is created by former refugee Cecile Saidi, a young entrepreneur who has established Masoka Productions, an Adelaide-based production company dedicated to telling stories in an African way through theatre, film and events.
“Masoka means ‘noble deeds’ and Masoka Village welcomes all people to experience the warmth, beauty and richness of African cultures,” enthuses Cecile.
“It is the dream of my family to share our culture with the community we live amongst, and invite you to experience life in our village for a day!”
“Many Australians have no connection to Africa beyond what they see in the news – often of famine, war, disease and political unrest – and cliches of Sudanese gangs and racism.”
“We invite you to learn of the rich and varied cultures of this vast continent, taste something new, dance in a different way, stand shoulder to shoulder as we build a hut, and hear our stories sitting around a fire.
The inaugural Masoka Village festival is presented by Masoka Productions, with no additional sponsorship or government support, but funded with the personal savings of Cecile Saidi.
Cecile invites people and organisation who might be interested in partnership and/or sponsorship to get in touch!
Details of event:
Saturday 12th November, Rundle Park/Kadlitpina, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets on sale now at www.masokavillage.com
Adult $65 (each adult ticket is entitled to bring up to two children under 12yo)
Day Experience 11am-6pm
During the day, you will enjoy cultural demonstrations, and get an insight into a typical African home from different African cultures, by taking tours into huts which have been decorated and arranged as African homes are typically decorated and arranged. You will also enjoy interaction with theatrical characters, or “villagers”, throughout our village, who will help you better understand different African cultures and traditions.
Night Experience 6pm-10pm
Stories and meals are shared around fires, lanterns, and candles, and patrons are invited as special guests into the homes and lives of our villagers, for a deeper insight into the African way of life.
This is offered in a much more comfortable and intimate setting, and guests are treated to delicious tastings of various African dishes throughout the night. You will arrive to a night of African charm, and leave with very fond memories, as of one who has truly experienced the best of Africa.
This is the ultimate Masoka Village experience!
Tôhotoa ô lúkye ibe twaibelela acúba
You won’t return to the river if you have not forgotten your calabash bowl there
[ an African proverb ]
One only bothers to retrieve what was left behind, if it is of importance. In the case of Masoka Village, we honour our African roots, and celebrate their significance in our lives today, especially here in a land far from home. We look behind for guidance, and to have a clear vision of what’s ahead.
Cecile is available for interview and can be contacted at
Ph: 0469 905 032
Island Home Music Presents
Maverick and venerable song man Neil Murray spent much of 2021 dodging Covid bullets but 2022 sees him resume uninterrupted touring with a return to the Gov’s Gibson Bar on Saturday August 27th.
The founding member of the pioneering Warumpi Band, and writer of such iconic anthems as My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella and Good Light Broome will perform solo, cherry-picking selections from his remarkable four decade catalogue of work.
“Neil Murray’s an incredible storyteller whether he’s writing poems, songs or novels. There’s no one quite like him in America – but I’d rank him with Jackson Browne, Townes Van Zandt and Rodney Crowell in the singer-songwriter pantheon.” – JOHN LOMAX III: Nashville based International consultant.
Long time peer, collaborator and friend, Jim Moginie says simply: “ Neil sings from the heart of the country”
Other accolades include the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the year, the 1995 APRA song of the year for My Island Home. The latter plus Jailanguru Pakarnu ( Out from Jail- a 1983 co-write with Sammy Butcher in the Luritja language) have been selected into the National Film and Television Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia Series.
Murray’s song writing is diverse and influential. Artists such as Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Powderfinger and Liz Stringer have recorded his songs.
His latest albums are Blood & Longing and Tjungu ( with Sammy Butcher).
Always engaging live, don’t miss an evening with Neil Murray at the Gov’s Gibson Bar on Saturday August 27th, 7.30pm
The Gov | Saturday August 27
Tickets $33 + booking fee
The seven-piece line up of Kings and Associates presents Take Me To The River; a night of gospel blues honouring the remarkable cultural movement from the 20th century. This music stirred generations with impassioned lyrics expressing the reality of oppression and hope. Featuring artists such as Blind Willie Johnson, Mavis Staples, Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt, Take Me To The River is a performance that inspires leaving audiences feeling like they’ve just had a ‘religious experience’!!
Saturday 17 September 2022 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM (UTC+09:30)
HATs Auburn Courthouse
4 ST Vincent Street, Auburn SA 5451
Ray and the Rayguns sing the B-side: the under-the-radar gems that celebrate resilience. Blues songs. Honed simplicity, carefully crafted, that’s where the beauty sits.
“Guitars entwine in an orgy of finger-style beauty” See less
Born in Galway, Ray O’Farrell brings the Irish gift for storytelling to blues. He knows how to inhabit a song.
Rob Andrew’s steady finger playing grounds this group. A guitar nerd. He loves guitars and guitar playing. Rob, how many guitars do you need? ‘One more’.
Eamonn O’Farrell is unbound by convention. He is about the feel, driven by soul. He does the colour, contrast and tone.
“Guitars entwine in an orgy of finger-style beauty – Blind Willie McTell, Mississippi John Hurt, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Tom Waites, Eric Bibb, Rob Andrew …”
“Ray and the Rayguns play blues – obscure songs – driven by a rhythmical thumb pattern and melodic treble. You will walk away laughing, enriched, humming”. See less
Me & Me Mates “What about the workers.”
Saturday, March 5th Hats Outdoor Garden Concert
Time 5 pm Gates 4.30 pm
Songs and yarns of work and protest, struggle and hope. Fresh life to country/folk songs and yarns, old and new, with energetic, down-to-earth approach. This motley band of country underdogs connects strongly with audiences of all ages, appealing brand of humour and music. Uniquely Aust experience with works by Henry Lawson (100 years since his death) & more.
Book via fringe tix Prices $27/25
Saturday 19 March AfroOz Musica – PanAfrican dance music. African Dance band withan indigenous touch. Dancehall music from East, Central and
ADelaide’s acclaimed African music band
Sufi Music Highway – S.Asian sufi fusion performance. Adelaide’s
foremost sufi music performance group with guest artists. Indian/
8 piece group presenting traditional sufi/qawwali music featuring the amazing vocals of Farhan Shah
About this event
With special guests, The Yearlings.
Multi award-winning artist Loren Kate is an utterly captivating performer and brilliant storyteller. Her new album, ‘Nobody Knows’, produced by Shane Nicholson, is a timeless collection of undeniably beautiful songs.
With raw emotion at the forefront, wearing her stories and life experiences on her sleeve, Loren Kate once again bares her heart and soul for the world to hear.
“One of the most divine singer/songwriters in the universe. She can crack you open and expose your rawness, then wrap you back up so you can leave safe and warm. She, Loren Kate, is a special one.” Phaedra Watts, Nannup Music Festival Director
Bar opens 3pm, Concert 4pm
When Loren Kate finished secondary school, she set out in search of adventure. Armed with only a guitar, a backpack and a few dollars in her pocket, she jumped on a train and travelled 800km to Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast. In this bustling coastal town, Loren Kate began busking and learning more about music from the local street folk. It wasn’t long before the crowds began to gather to listen to her stories.
Loren Kate is now an award-winning songwriter and has performed at many festivals and sell-out shows across the country.
Loren Kate’s new album, titled “Nobody Knows” was produced by Shane Nicholson and is a timeless collection of stunning new songs.
Jen Lush and band will be playing the Three Brothers Arms on a saturday afternoon the 26th June…..Great songwriter with top band…get your tix and support original live music. South Australia has a tremendous original scene..possibly the best in oz…and thats partly because listeners in S.A like to hear artistic creativity! Without YOU there would be nothing….Long live The music.