Consumerism and conflict, politics and power, fear and injustice mark the narrative of our world and our streets. Humanity was created from the dust of the land, yet God breathed His life into us - but have we lost connection to both? As we follow Jesus how do we understand and balance our call to seek His kingdom coming in the now of our neighbourhoods and world, yet have faith and find hope in the promise of a creation made whole. Can we embody the way of Jesus now as citizens in our places and world, yet hold an eternal identity as saints?
Emerging from the deserts of Central Australia is the unique sound of Apakatjah who combine intricate guitar work with ancient languages, stirring harmonies and traditional instruments. Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja) is a duo consisting of Dion Forrester and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan who through their performances weave together a reflection of their blended cultures and wide musical influences such as Aboriginal desert reggae like Tjupi Band, old school metal like Iron Maiden and guitar master, Tommy Emmanuel.
Through its two band members Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants. The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage, which the duo have reclaimed to demonstrate the pride they have in their identity and to draw strength from their culture.
Young Vincent has been putting on shows around Melbourne since 2014. Current release ‘Run’ will be their fourth single, expanding on their unique, alternative folk sound. Full of intriguing melodies and enticing harmonies, ‘Run’ is an alluring new direction for the three-piece.
For those having fallen in love with bands like Angus Stone, The Paper Kites, Fleet Foxes and Half Moon Run – Young Vincent is another solid band to add to the playlist. After touring Australia with Hollow Covers in 2017, Young Vincent are planning a massive 2018, with lots of new shows and music to be released. Young Vincent was built on the members’ existing solid friendships and the band arose naturally from playing music with an ambition to raise money for a local homeless charity. Their future aspirations are to continue writing and performing new music with depth and honesty.
Stevie Will works as a Community Engagement Officer with CBM Australia. She's a performance poet, public speaker and writer. She engages audiences with the cycle of poverty and disability and with disability inclusion in churches. Stevie has travelled with CBM Australia to South Africa and Zambia. She has a Diploma in Counseling Studies.