Heroes & Laments

Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) Album Launch

Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) Album Launch

Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight)Heroes & Laments Album Launch – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth,
1st April 2015

The wonderful Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) launched her new album Heroes & Laments to a full house at the Ellington Jazz Club on 1st April 2015.

Heroes & LamentsHeroes & Laments has been professionally recorded and engineered by James Newhouse of Reel2Real studios and with featured renowned artists including Lucky Oceans, Dave Mann and Steve Pigram it has evolved into a beautifully crafted album which you can listen to and purchase below.

As a short taster, please enjoy a sample of this fine album recorded and filmed in the studio.

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James Newhouse - Reel2Real studiosLucky Oceans

Desert Feet Tour June-July 2014

New ‘Feet’ in Indigenous Music Workshop Touring

New ‘Feet’ in Indigenous Music Workshop Touring

On the 18th of June, Desert Feet Tour departed for 4 weeks on the road, travelling Alice Springs, Kiwirrkurra, Nullagine & Newman, an approximate 8,000km maiden voyage in a new, innovatively designed truck.

Until June this year, Desert Feet Tour had delivered six years of remote music projects, concerts and workshops from the back of a secondhand 1992 Hino 4×4 Truck.

Driving over road, gravel and sand into the most remote communities in Australia to record, produce and capture true Indigenous Australian music experiences, old ’92 had clocked up many thousands of kilometres and hours in repairs.

DFT Lotterywest Truck

Through the support of a 2013 Lotterywest Grant, Desert Feet Tour have upgraded the truck to a new customised FTS series Isuzu duel cab 4×4 truck, thanks to Major Motors and MetalWorks WA.

Conceptualised over many months by the Desert Feet team, with consultation by leading audio technician George Nikoloudis, a sea container is used to transport equipment, which opens to a 30-foot stage, and closes forming a professional, air-conditioned mobile recording studio.

Thanks to Lotterywest, Desert Feet Tour continues delivering high quality music, arts and wellbeing programs to remote Indigenous Australians.

Smarter than Smoking Desert Feet Tour Concerts, Nullagine

Smarter than Smoking Desert Feet Tour Concerts, Nullagine

Desert Feet Tour - Smarter Than SmokingFour Smarter Than Smoking Desert Feet Tour Concerts were presented at the Western Desert Sports Carnival in Nullagine, 7-10 July.

Rising indigenous acts Kiwirrkurra Band, Olive Knight, Landy Family Band, Karntimarta Wanders, Parnngurr Band, Jigaolng Band, Lester Sailor, and the Youngubella Band all performed live on Desert Feet Tour’s brand new, state of the art, ‘gig-rig’ truck stage.

All bands played at the top of their game, were very well received, and gained vital stage and professional performance skills playing before a large, excited carnival crowd.

The temporary conversion of our trailer into a make-shift editing suite enabled our sound hard-working sound engineers Carlo Basso and Joshua Hale to mix an amazing amount of live music during the stay – one of out most productive tour segments to date.

Makeshift Trailer Studio, Nullagine

Desert Feet Tour’s Makeshift Trailer Studio, Nullagine

Be sure to check out the lastest audio recordings from the concerts, plus a music video, available online via Desert Feet Tour’s social media sites soundcloud.com/desertfeettour and youtube.com/desertfeettour



Desert Feet Tour a Winner

Desert Feet a Creative Partnerships Winner

Creative Partnerships Arts and Health Award 2013

Creative Partnerships Arts and Health Award 2013

Thank you to Creative Partnerships Arts & Health for awarding Desert Feet as the 2013 National Winner! See letter below:

Congratulations on winning the Creative Partnerships Arts & Health Award at the 2013 Creative Partnerships Australia Awards. We trust that you had an enjoyable evening at our National Awards Dinner at Parliament House, which recognised the very best in Australia’s arts/business/philanthropy partnerships.

We hope that this Award inspires you to carry on with your important work in improving social, economic and cultural outcomes for Australian communities through arts and cultural projects and initiatives, and trust that your work will inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

Warm regards,
The Awards team
Creative Partnerships Australia

Creative Partnerships Arts and Health Award 2013

Diabetes WA and Desert Feet Inc

You can watch a short clip about the partnership below

Diabetes WA and Desert Feet Inc from Creative Partnerships Australia on Vimeo.

July Desert Feet Tour Over

July Desert Feet Tour Over

The Desert Feet Tour returns to Perth after another successful tour out to Parnngurr for the Western Desert Sports Carnival. During this time we put on and facilitated the evening concerts and ran workshops during the day time for the kids.

This time we decided to work with the kids to make a single song at the workshops and then turn it into a video with a green screen. Here is the resulting video:

You can view further videos from the tour on the video page.

Western Desert Sports Carnival Semi Final July 2013

Western Desert Sports Carnival – July 2013

Captain Cleanup Helps Parnngurr at the Western Desert Sports Carnival

Captain Cleanup

Allow us to introduce Captain Cleanup who goes by the motto “Binners are Winners”. As part of the team at the Western Desert Sports Carnival, Captain Cleanup had the place looking very tidy indeed and with a few stickers for the kids, soon everyone was chucking their rubbish in the bins keeping the place looking tidy.

Here is a short video we also made for Captain Cleanup which was played on the Office Works donated projector at the Desert Feet concerts.

And the result: here is a picture we took of the Sports Carnival during the semifinal and as you can see, the oval is litter free. Good work team Captain Cleanup and the crew at Parngurr who are clearly all winners!

Western Desert Sports Carnival Semi Final July 2013

Western Desert Sports Carnival at Parnngurr July 2013

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John Watson ‘Darraga’ Released on Desert Feet Records

John Watson ‘Darraga’ Released on Desert Feet Records

Darraga (John Watson)

Darraga (John Watson)

The song ‘Darraga’ features Archie Roach, Shane Howard Lucky Oceans and the Orphans, and was launched at a concert featuring live music from Desert Feet Touring artists, The Orphans.

All proceeds from the CD sales will be donated to the Nyikina Mangala Community School to develop the music and cultural programs. aics.wa.edu.au/schools/nyikina-mangala-community-school

The John Watson Song has now been completed and is available for purchase by donation on Bandcamp.