Critically acclaimed Kardajala Kirridarra is set to showcase at BIGSOUND 2017, and with the news they have received two MusicNT Song of the Year Award nominations, Kardajala Kirridarra is in the finals stages of completion and release of their debut album and are asking for your support...
“..one of those rare acts that come along once in a generation.”
- PURPLE SNEAKERS
".. an enchanting, mystical listen which builds on every listen."
- MUSIC FEEDS
“..flawless amalgam of the traditional and contemporary.”
- ROLLING STONE ★ ★ ★ ★
- WEST AUSTRALIAN ★ ★ ★ ★
".. the single cements the act as one of the most powerful and masterful in the country right now."
Why we are so unique: Sung in English and Mudburra, a rarely heard Indigenous language, Kardajala Kirridarra takes listeners on a journey through the heart of our beautiful desert country, as they tell the story of the importance of women as creators.
Kardajala is the name of the mysterious bush woman from the sand hills behind the community of Marlinja, NT. The descendants of a mysterious bush woman from the Northern Territory, these compelling women are from the communities of Marlinja and Kulumindini (Elliott) and together with Melbourne based producer Beatrice they form, ‘Kardajala Kirridarra’.
Kardajala Kirridarra features sounds from the surrounding lands, such as seed pods, thunders storms and clap sticks made by Eleanor’s father. The songs were primarily recorded in the intense summer months in a hall in Marlinja NT and produced by Beatrice. The songs were then co-produced, mixed and mastered in Melbourne by Marc Peckham aka Monkey Marc.
Our ask of you: We’d love your support which would make a difference to us in so many ways. 100% of the funds will directly contribute to:
- Support for outgoings: This kickstarter can be used as a "pre-order" for our album and we can relieve some of the financial pressure created from creating and releasing a body of work, allowing the band can move forward. We are seeking funding for album costs we have encountered such as: mixing & mastering, publicity and printing of the CD.
- Travel costs - most of us coming from the Central Desert, NT: As primarily remote artists living in the Central Desert of Australia, we will need to pay for significant travel costs to get to BIGSOUND (the biggest Music Industry Conference in Australia) will cost around $1200 per person, plus there are bus and other shuttle fees as well as accomodation and daily living expenses.
- Aspiration to attend BIGSOUND for career development: By attending BIGSOUND we will be allowed the opportunity to showcase our work, build our reputation and meet industry professionals and future collaborators.
How we came together: Kardajala Kirridarra was brought together by the Barkly Regional Council’s National award winning ‘Barkly Desert Cultures’ multimedia program aimed at using music and film to express stories and social issues of young people living in the Barkly Region of the NT.
It was here that songwriter and vocalist Eleanor Dixon (Rayella, Desert Divas) met Melbourne vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer Beatrice Lewis (Beatrice, Haiku Hands). Later joined by key translator, story-teller, poet and Eleanor’s aunty Janey Dixon; and rapper, MC Kayla Jackson, the groundbreaking collective was formed under the moniker of Kardajala Kirridarra, which translates to ‘Sandhill Women’.
A bit more about where we’ve been featured: From their inception until now, Kardajala Kirridarra has won a MusicNT Song of the Year Award, played at Golden Plains Festival, Wide Open Spaces, Barunga Festival and were the first all female band to appear at Bush Bands Bash in 2016. They featured online in Acid Stag, Happy, i-D, Music Feeds, I Heard A Whisper, Pilerats, Purple Sneakers and The Ripe amongst others. They have also had radio add's on Unearthed, Double J, Rabbit Radio, RTR and SYN as well as been played on Triple J, FBI, PBS and RRR.
Hear us: This week we have revealed our second single Ngurra (Rain Song), a song about how we connect to country through rain. It is taken from our debut self-titled album out July 7 and follows on from the first single, Ngabaju (Grandmother’s Song).
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges we are facing are that of any modern band, high outgoings before there are any incomings. We are hoping that this kickstarter can be used as a "pre-order" for our album and we can relieve some of the financial stress we are currently in to make sure the band can move forward.
Other challenges we face that are a bit more unique are ones of being remote artists living in the Central Desert of Australia. Flights for BIGSOUND will cost around $1200 per person, plus there are bus and other shuttle fees as well as accomodation and per dayium costs.
With your help pre-ordering this album we will hopefully cover our costs and have a great start to covering our important showcase trip to BIGSOUND.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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