There’s a nine-hour First Nations techno party at Abbots Yard

Indigenous electronic collective Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc showcases the incredible First Nations producer and DJ talent at Abbots Yard.

On July 9, Abbots Yard will collaborate with electronic music collective Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc. to host a sonic celebration of contemporary Aboriginal identity and Country with their NAIDOC Week Dance Party.

It is an entirely Indigenous line-up of fourteen performers and performers that showcase contemporary creative expressions of Aboriginal culture. Backed by triple j, RRR and Kiss FM, the founders of Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc. quickly become nationally known for their sold-out community events and unique brand of Aboriginal techno.

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The proud Yuggera wife and Boiler Room DJ Dameeeela and friends join the collective for the occasion on a newly introduced second stage. Dameeeela has a live resume supporting Skepta, Tyler, the Creator, Charli XCX and Genesis Owusu, including appearances at Boiler Room, Splendor In The Grass, Falls Festival, Listen Out, Laneway, Pitch Music & Arts and more.

Over nine hours of Aboriginal techno, electronic production, visual arts, dance, storytelling and comedy will permeate the outdoor oasis of Abbots Yard and support revelers to connect with Country through the open-air environment.

“Aboriginal songlines are the arteries that bring life to every part of this country, connecting knowledge, understanding and energy,” said Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc. co-founder and proud Gunditjmara man Samuel Nolan. “For thousands of years, we’ve sung and danced these songlines to keep them, and therefore us, alive. Nowadays many songlines are vulnerable. They have been trampled, blocked, covered and dug up. But they still exist, their patient pulse waiting for us to revive them.

“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate Aboriginal culture, history and achievements and connect with the oldest living culture on Earth. This year’s theme reminds us all to continue to support systemic change at all levels to improve outcomes for mafia.”

Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc. says this year’s NAIDOC Week Dance Party will facilitate an inclusive, safe and culturally appropriate environment for individuals from all walks of life to learn about Indigenous culture through art and performance.

Full lineup

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  • Brothers: Inspired by dream stories and lore from Aboriginal cultures, Brothers combine recordings of the natural world and Elders’ stories with electronic productions to create contemporary expressions of Aboriginal culture.
  • Chunky: One of the three brothers behind Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc, Chunky has a passion for connecting with culture through dance music, and taking the whole community on a journey – one dance floor at a time.
  • Carmel0: Carmel0 weaves together eclectic sounds from the past, present and future into an essential dose of music medicine delivered directly to the soul.
  • Fosters: Fosters is a proud Narrunga man who makes music inspired by his experiences as an Indigenous Australian. He fights for recognition of his culture and education and advocacy through music, dance and storytelling.
  • Fred Leone (live graffiti): Fred Leone is an interdisciplinary award-winning First Nations artist whose work spans 20 years. His fine art stems from his love of graffiti in a vehicle to tell the story of his family’s dreams.
  • Harley James: Harley James is known in Melbourne for his signature minimal and deep afro sound. He has appeared at many respected events on the festival circuit, including Rainbow Serpent, Earthcore, Babylon, Yumanda and the annual Merri Creek Gathering.
  • Uncle Larry Walsh: Uncle Larry Walsh is a Taungurung Elder and Kulin storyteller. He is a much-loved performer at Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc.’s community events and gatherings.
  • Shiralee Hood: Shiralee Hood is a black comedy queen that needs no introduction. She is known for rocking audiences all over Australia with her hard, edgy and downright hilarious performances.
  • Slidah: The name Slidah refers to the smooth eel, the traditional staple food in southwestern Gunditjmara/Djap Wurrung, where she was born. Slidah’s sets cover a wide spectrum of upbeat electronic dance music.
  • DJ Kiti: Melbourne’s Techno Queen DJ Kiti, an eclectic selector and acclaimed stage presence, will bring her brand of dark, old-school electro, techno and house to the Yard, harking back to the days of illegal warehouse parties and glow-in- the -dark wristbands.
  • Chris Hume: Chris Hume is a Yorta Yorta and Bunurong man who is a cultural wellbeing supporter and cultural educator. Chris has spent the past 25 years providing insight into fire and how to use it to care for Country.
  • Dhungala Dancers: Formed in 2020 by Yorta Yorta, Gunai, Gundtijmara woman Alice Young, Dhungala Dancers share stories of their connection to Country as they honor the strength, resilience and determination of their ancestors to bring about positive change for their families and future generations bring.
  • Yarra: A swinger of all things minimal house, Yarra delivers dubby, groovy and hypnotic beats to the ears of Melbourne clubbers. Yarra has established her unique sound at the heart of Melbourne’s underground scene, and her goal is simple: to make people dance.
  • Ben Moodie: Ben Moodie is a first nations comedian who turns racism into comic gold. He is a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Deadly Funny finalist and alumni and a regular performer at community events including Blak Stage.

Stage 2: DJ Social Club presents: Dameeeela

Dameeeela: Raised in Tulmur/Ipswich and now based in Meanjin/Brisbane, Dameeeela has steadily built a following and reputation as one of the city’s most in-demand selectors. Bursting with electric passion and experimentation, her sets combine with constant reminders of the origins of club music in black culture.

Dameeeela is joined by local legends Black Tiger, InBetween, Barajas & Artheesh.

Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc. NAIDOC Week Dance Party will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Tickets are $15 and available through Humanitix here

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