Desert Divas Story

Desert Divas started in 2010 with six participants and has since more than tripled in size, with 2013 having 20 girls taking part. Desert Divas has direct artistic, industry and employment benefits for the girls who participate, as well far-reaching positive impacts on the wider community. Participants in the Divas programs are regularly booked to perform at shows, and have recorded and released the first Indigenous female compilation album in Australia: Desert Divas Vol.1.

Desert Divas 2015

Thank you to everyone that was involved in the 2015 Desert Divas program, especially the mentors Kirra Voller, Edi Donald, Steph Hazzard, Katie Harder, Milyika Scales, Cassie Williams, Jacinta Price and Amy Hetherington. Highlights and info coming soon.

Desert Divas 2014

In 2014 the Desert Divas once again performed their showcase at the Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs. The workshops lead to the formation of a full Desert Divas band with mentors and participants working together to create all elements of their songs. Mentors for this program included Cassandra Williams, Catherine Satour, Steph Hazzard, Katie Harder, Dallas Frasca and Edi Donald.

Some of the 2014 highlights included:

  • Live streaming of the Barkly Divas at the Desert Harmony Festival
  • The inuagural Generation 2 Generation workshops mentored by nine female elders
  • Catherine Satour, Jacinta Price and Mandy Garling performed at the National Indigenous Music Awards
  • Live ladies band at Desert Divas performance
  • Eleanor Dixon was the first  Divas participant to lead her own band at Bush Bands Bash (Rayella)

Check Out the Photos from the 2014 Desert Divas

Desert Divas 2013

In 2013 the Desert Divas program was held over three days in September in preparation for the final Desert Divas Showcase on the 21st of September as part of the Bush Bands Bash. The girls performed their own songs in front of hundreds of people and built confidence and performance skills from the workshops and mentoring.

Other noteable achievements:

DESERT DIVAS 2012

The Desert Divas continued at the 2012 Alice Desert Festival where a record number of women from across Central Australia and the Top End took part in the workshops and the Desert Divas Showcase. In September 2012, the Desert Divas launched Central Australia’s first all indigenous female compilation CD ‘Desert Divas Volume 1′. The CD presents 10 tracks from existing individual Desert Diva artists showcasing musical works in many musical genres in both Traditional language and English.

Other noteable achievements:

DESERT DIVAS 2011

The Desert Diva program continued with mentorship from Catherine Satour and Jacinta Price, along with Izzy Brown and special guest mentor Natalie Pa’apa’a, frontwoman for Blue King Brown. 2011 also saw the recording of Desert Divas: Volume 1, Central Australia’s first ever all-Indigenous women’s compilation album, produced in collaboration with each individual artist by Catherine Satour and Corey Noll.

Other noteable achievements:

  • Met with Missy Higgins backstage at “The Concert” 
  • Catherine Satour and Jacinta Price performed original music with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra 
  • Featured on triple j's Hack program

DESERT DIVAS 2010

With invaluable mentorship from nationally acclaimed Territorian singer-songwriter Shellie Morris, the Desert Divas program began as a series of song writing and performance workshops in the lead-up to the city’s major annual arts festival, the Alice Desert Festival. The workshops culminated in the Desert Diva’s Showcase, a history-making event that brought together for the first time an ensemble of emerging Central Australian Indigenous female music artists. 2010 program included: Catherine Satour, Cassandra Williams, Kylie Sambo, Kirra Voller. The showcase was directed by singer/songwriter Jacinta Price.