Divas on Tour sees four women from MusicNT's Divas program performing together for the first time.
This tour is a cultural fusion of voices, lyrics and music from artists that cover the whole gamut of musical expression from country to soul and rock.
Come and experience four artists collectively perform their original music, bringing together each unique style in one uplifting and moving show.
The tour will kick off in Borroloola with a performance at Malandarri Festival and from there will then travel across the NT with performances in Nhulunbuy at the Yirrkala Yarrapay Festival, Tennant Creek, Ali Curung, Elliot, Darwin and Katherine.
Meet your 2018 Divas!
Photographer: Nico Liengme
Shana Ray is a 25 year old Larrakiah woman from Darwin who delivers soulful vintage sounds influenced by artists Lana Del Ray, Amy Winehouse, Tegan and Sara, Roy Orbison and others. With guidance from her late grandfather, Shana taught herself guitar and has been writing and performing her own songs since the age of 13. She delivers captivating performances which emotionally connect listeners through her powerful lyrics written from personal life experiences. Shana has been involved with MusicNTs Desert Divas since 2012 and through this has gained recognition and requests to perform at Festival and other annual events in Darwin, at private functions as well as contributing to the expansion of MusicNTs Indigenous Women’s Music Program. One of her songs is featured on the Desert Divas Vol II album, available through iTunes.
Lynette Lewis Hubbard
Lynette Hubbard is a 45 year old singer from Alawa. She has created and performed songs, writing her own lyrics first as poetry and then forming these into evocative songs. She is a past recipient of OzCo Development Assistance Funds which she used to produce an EP in 2002. She has participated in MusicNTs Saltwater Divas program and has additional mentoring and workshop experience with The Song Room in Melbourne, Nykinkka Nyunyu Art Centre in Tennant Creek, and the Gulf Country Musicology Project.
Photographer: Milly's Moments
Kirra Voller is a proud 24 year old Wirangu/Kokatha/Mirning/Ngarrindjeri singer/songwriter, activist and artist who has lived in Alice Springs most of her life. She takes inspiration from being a single mother, the struggles life has thrown at her and how she has dealt with them. She hopes her music helps others find peace and strength, even for a moment, and to feel empowered. Over the past 7 years Kirra has focussed not only on her own development as an artist but on giving back to others through mentoring and supporting MusicNT programs including Desert Divas and Sistasounds. Kirra is forever growing and changing as an artist and her work encompasses different styles and influences.
Donna Velia- principal accompanist
Donna Velia is of mixed heritage - her father’s side are aboriginal from South East Queensland, with early connections to Purga and Cherbourg Missions, Waka Waka and Mununjali tribes. Her mother’s side are European migrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia. She has been singing and making music since she was a little girl throughout her schooling and went on to study Contemporary Music at university, majoring in Voice. Donna Velia writes her own music supporting her voice by playing the guitar, and has some music online under the name “Djonna”. From 2016 she has been heavily involved in MusicNT’s Indigenous Music Programs: Sista Sounds, Divas and Bush Bands Bash as the first Indigenous Music Development Officer with the organisation. During her time in the role she also worked as a Sista Sounds workshops facilitator in numerous communities across the NT and greater Central Desert region and was a supporting musician in various Divas performances. Donna Velia is proud to represent her people and to have the opportunity to continue sharing, connecting with and supporting other Aboriginal girls and women across the NT to follow their interests and to express themselves andtheir stories through music.
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The tour is delivered through a partnership between Artback NT and MusicNT