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20 November, 2020

Music in the Park

From the street beat of Mau Power’s hip hop to the roots and reggae of Zennith with plenty of powerful vocal and cultural dance performances in between, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) in partnership with Deadly Choices proudly present a free concert in Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday December 5.


With the aim of promoting social and emotional wellbeing through conversation, cultural dance and music performance, Music in the Park is an all-inclusive, all-Indigenous showcase that will celebrate the rich talent and diversity of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Peoples.

Hosted by Aaron Fa’Aoso, the ‘deadly’ line up will light up the stage and atmospheric garden surrounds from 4pm and includes RoystonMau Power, Naomi Wenitong and Zennith as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural dance performances.

The Cairns based Deadly Choices team will be there along with Hopevale local and Deadly Choices Ambassador Brenton Bowen – who played over 50 games with the Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys in his NRL career.

CIAF’s artistic director Janina Harding said Music in the Park is about celebrating the end of a difficult year that has been the ultimate test of resilience and resourcefulness.

“We are very proud as an organisation to have risen to the challenges of 2020 with our first ever digital program and online galleries that resounded with audiences around the world.

“We live in a truly special part of the world and at the heart of two very different First Peoples’ cultures that connect and engage audiences through art and performance.

“As we fast approach Christmas and the start of a new year, Music in the Park is our opportunity to both inspire and give back to our community in the best way we know,” said Ms Harding.

Deadly Choices Ambassador Brenton Bowen said he’s looking forward to marking the end of a challenging year and celebrating the community’s response to 2020. 

“When COVID hit early in the year Deadly Choices was able to react really quickly and make sure community members across Queensland had access to the information they needed.

“As a Deadly Choices Ambassador, I took part in online DC Fit sessions and filmed videos showing community how to stay COVID safe. My family also got together to make a video sharing how we were keeping up our routines and staying as active as we could at home.

“I’m really proud of the way that we all worked together to protect our family and our community during this year and I’m looking forward to celebrating that,” Mr Bowen said.

About Music in the Park

Just two years ago Royston achieved a perfect score in Channel Seven’s singing show, All Together Now. The 21-year-old from Old Mapoon near Weipa has a powerful voice that connects with audiences and is deemed just right for next month’s Music in the Park.

The sensation that is Mau Power hails from the cultural centre-point of the Torres Strait Islands and uses his musical platform to share the story of his people to audiences all over the world.

Patrick Mau’s (of Mau Power) uniquely Indigenous style of hip-hop has been featured as the headline act at numerous international festivals, including the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

Naomi Sky Wenitong is an Australian singer-songwriter based in Cairns. Under the name, Nay, she is a member of hip-hop group, The Last Kinection, alongside her older brother, Joel "Weno" Wenitong, and Jacob "DJ Jaytee" Turier. Previously Wenitong was a member of pop girl duo Shakaya with Simone Stacey.

Music in the Park headliner, Zennith is a band of brothers who originate from the rainforest village of KurandaMuch loved in the region for their solid brand of high-energy rocking reggae rhythms and rhymes, the band will share music from their latest album, Ancient Warrior (2019).

Book your place through Ticketlink – Book Together to Be Together

Tickets are free to this Deadly Choices smoke-free and alcohol-free event, however due to Cairns Regional Council’s COVID-19 management plan all concert goers are required to book their attendance through Ticketlink, www.ticketlink.com.au and remember, ‘Book Together to Be Together’

Concert goers are invited to bring along a picnic, low set chair or rug and take advantage of the onsite food vendors.

For information about what’s on and to book, visit www.ticketlink.com.au or 1300 855 835.

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