Iwantja

Iwantja

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Blues, metal reggae and rock? YES. Iwantja's unique style has crowds yelling for more at Festivals around Australia. Desert Sound with roots in reggae features the most amazing interactive lead guitar work you are ever likely to experience. "Awesome" say critics on hearing Iwantja.

Biography

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 iwantjaband@gmail.com
Mark Smerdon, Manager, (08) 8956 2829 or 0429 893 058
markinthebush@gmail.com

Lyrics

Iwantja Groove

Written By: Jeremy Whiskey

If you feel like jumping up and down
You can stamp your feet into the ground

This is the time to move
Get up and dance to the Iwantja groove

Iwantja!

This the time to shout be loud and be proud

Pitjamaya (Come Along)

So if you are in the mood then get up and dance
Don't waste your time, this is the chance

This is the time move
Get up and dance the to Iwantja groove

Iwantja!

This the time to shout
Be loud and be proud

Pitjamaya (Come Along)

INSTRUMENTAL

This is the time move
Get up and dance the to Iwantja groove
This the time to shout
Be loud and be proud

Pitjamaya (come along)

If you feel like jumping up and down
You can stamp your feet into the ground

This is the time to move
Get up and dance to the Iwantja groove
This the time to shout
Be loud and be proud

Kakararanguru, wiluraranguru, alintjaranguru, ulpariranguru pitjalaya tjunguriwa munu kunmpuriwa

Iwantja !!!

Discography

Iwantja CD
Palya CD
Listen to tracks on MySpace www.myspace.com/iwantjaband

Set List

Kungka Palyuru,
Wangka Wiya,
Redback Spiders,
I Wanna Rock,
Will She come Tomorrow
My Baby Left Me,
Ngayulu Kutu,
Crazy Mind