Dili Allstars
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Dili Allstars

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Discography

Dili Allstars latest EP 'Increase the Peace' is cross country collaboration.This is nothing new for the Dili's,but this time they extend their collaboration into indigenous territory.Increase the Peace contains five songs and has East Timor and Indigenous Australia in mind.
Other albums include 'Peace & Unity'exclusive Portuguese tour CD and Viva La Musica.
The band has had lots of airplay from their current EP and last album.

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Dili Allstars are a high-energy seven-piece Funk, Ska, and Reggae band from Melbourne with members of the group originally from East Timor. Fronted by the smooth vocals of Paulo Almeida and backed by a wicked rhythm section of percussion, bass, drums and pumping keys, THE DILI’S live shows are guaranteed to make you move. The group began in 1996 when Indonesian forces captured East Timorese resistance leader Xanana Gusmao. The act was formed by Gil Santos and Paul Stewart both whom lost family members when Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975.
The band has used music to highlight the problems faced by the people of East Timor to push for International justice on their behalf. What makes the Dili Allstars different is that they play songs in English, Tetum (East Timorese language) and Portuguese. The band has a strong social conscience, mixing superb musicianship with charismatic stage presence that ensures an exciting show. Since forming the band the Dili Allstars have put together three compilation albums ‘Love from a short distance’, ‘All in the family’ and ‘Liberdade’ which raised more than $350,000 for the orphans of East Timor with the support of the Roman Catholic Church. They were supported in their efforts on these albums by national and international acts such as U2, INXS, Suede, Taxiride, Yothu Yindi, Midnight Oil, Garbage plus many more. The Dili Allstars are a testament that music can influence the struggles of oppressed peoples.