In the land of Tjilpis (Elders) and Tjurkupa (Dreaming) a new voice is rising deep from the heart of the desert country of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands of Central Australia.
In the searing summer heat in a dilapidated building in a remote desert community a band practises.
This is their land, their home and their country.
They call themselves IWANTJA, the Indigenous language name for their community, Indulkana, about five hours drive from Alice Springs past camels, cattle, burned out car bodies and not much more.
Despite the negative stories in the press about Indigenous communities, these wati, (men), have a dream; a dream of bringing their music and story to the world. This is the story of barefoot footy, Aboriginal Rock and Desert Reggae unseen by the hordes of tourists en route to Uluru. A story made from countless hours spent driving the complex networks of sand tracks between SA, WA and the NT; on unending dirt roads in Toyota Troop Carriers packed with dusty guitars, bush mechanic amps and whatever equipment the band can muster.
Sleeping, yarning, laughing the hours away through big sky country, wrangling some dollars for the next roadhouse feed and dodging all manner of humbug to their next gig in another remote community, far away in many ways from the outside world, greeted by swarms of countrymen, kids and cheeky-dogs wherever they play.
They are the bad boys and the leaders of the choir. Their blend of raw desert guitar rock with vocal harmonies from the Top End creates energetic dance displays from the famous desert hip-shakers on the dusty dance floors of Central Australian Aboriginal communities.
IWANTJA is not just a band, but an extended family, a web of relationships from the old people to the toddlers, from cowboy-hat wearing uncles to tobacco chewing aunties, proud dads and beanie wearing mums, wild cousins, brothers, sisters, kids and kin.
They have seen their lands colonised, families torn apart and generations stolen but regardless they say PALYA! and offer an invitation to walk with them, in their world, and not just listen to their story but to become a part of it. They provide a view to the oldest living culture in the world through the eyes of young men, just discovering the ways that we have taken for granted since our grandparents' time.
For more information contact:
Jeremy Whiskey firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Smerdon, Manager, (08) 8956 2829 or 0429 893 058
Jeremy Whiskey, Guitars, Drums, Vocals and Bass
Stewart Gaykamangu, Keys and Vocals
Geoffery Baker, Bass and Lead
Nigel Baker, Keys
Jacob Baker, Drums
Angus Pearson, Lead guitar
Listen to tracks on MySpace www.myspace.com/iwantjaband
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Shellie Morris, who was one of the professional musicians in the audience said about the Iwantja ...Shellie Morris, who was one of the
professional musicians in the
audience said about the Iwantja
“The most amazing band I saw at the
I am so stoked with what I saw; also I
reckon them mob ready for festival
stuff. They are really hot guitarists. I
was so stoked, and my favourite style
too, heavy rock!”
I Wanna Rock,
Will She come Tomorrow
My Baby Left Me,
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