Mbantua Festival - Jam & Workshops

Mbantua Festival is a new festival celebrating Australian Indigenous desert culture. It's held in Alice Springs October 9 - 13. There are some exciting opportunities for local musicians and young people at Mbantua Festival and lots of ways to get involved including MusicNT's Fusion Jam Sessions and Songwriting Workshops

Fusion Jam - Grass Stage

JUST ANNOUNCED! With Max & the Cruizers
Saturday 12 October, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Max & the Cruizers are cruising in to Alice from Ntaria to run the first Fusion Jam Session at Mbantua Festival. Bring your instruments and join in the fun!

With Jeffery Zimran (Tjintu Desert Band), King Marong (Afro Mandinko) and Clare Whitcombe (Red Earth Roots)
Sunday 13 October, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Music is one of the world's best ways to communicate across cultures. Join MusicNT and three celebrated musicians from very different musical backgrounds in an open jam session that's about drawing on diverse cultural traditions to create something new together. Bring your instruments! This event is free for Mbantua Festival ticketholders. Songwriting workshop participants are welcome to come and perform what they have learned or created on Saturday - read on to find out more about the workshops!

Songwriting Workshops

MusicNT is excited to announce an opportunity for local musicians to work with two of Australia's favourite singer songwriters - Bernard Fanning & Dan Sultan. Workshops are free for Mbantua ticketholders but places are limited and registration before Friday October 11 is essential. Click on the links below to register and scroll down to read more about these two great songwriters who will also be performing at the Festival. 


Songwriting with Bernard Fanning
Saturday 12 October, 12:00pm - 1.30pm

Bernard Fanning possesses one of the most recognizable voices in Australian music. 

For the last 11 years he has been the lead singer and songwriter of Powderfinger, one of the country’s biggest bands. Powderfinger has released seven albums Down Under during their incredible 11-year career and all have gone multi-platinum. Bernard Fanning's solo career includes releasing his debut solo album Tea & Sympathy (2005). The album debuted at No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Albums chart, and spent 58 weeks in the top 50. And he has recently finished a national tour of his softmore album Departures - which includes the popular single 'Tell Me How It Ends'.


Songwriting with Dan Sultan
Saturday 12 October, 2:00pm - 3.30pm

Dan Sultan is a two-time ARIA Award winner and proud member of the Black Arm Band – a collection of Australia’s finest indigenous musicians. 

With a star that’s been swiftly rising since the release of his second and highly acclaimed album Get Out While You Can, Dan Sultan and his band's powerhouse performances are reputed to be amongst the most talked about shows in the country. Dan Sultan has won 2 Deadly Awards 2010 (Best Male Artist, Best Single for ‘Letter’), scooped 2 AIR Awards 2010 (Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Blues & Roots Album) and 2 ARIA awards for Best Blues & Roots Album [‘Get Out While You Can’] and Male Artist of the Year 2010. 


Music is central to Mbantua’s cultural program with over 20 local and national artists descending on Alice Springs for the weekend. From the shredded Bush Mechanics soundtrack of Nokturnl to the Mega Pop Drop of the Jessica Mauboy Launch - the line up at this year's festival is sure to be as sizzling as the desert summer. Find out more about Mbantua Festival here


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