Banawurun

Banawurun

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Described in the US as “Outback Motown” 2006 Deadly Band of the Year Banawurun hit you with the hottest live show you'll see this year. Their sensational voices and contagious music will have you wanting more. The Australian labelled this band “the revelation of the 2005 Woodford Folk Festival.”

Biography

Troy Brady in an aboriginal man. One day, whilst on some traditional business in far north Queensland, his uncle asked him: “Who’s gonna throw my spear once I’m gone.” This inspired and moved Troy so much that he wrote a song about it. From that moment on BANAWURUN was born.

If you’re a lover of high-energy live music and scintillating vocals then you’ll definitely be
captivated by the magnetism that is BANAWURUN featuring Troy n Trevelyn (pronounced bunna-warroon). Described by The Australian as “the revelation of the 2005 Woodford Folk Festival” and winner of Band of the Year at the 2006 Deadly Awards, sensational singer-songwriters Troy Brady and Trevelyn Brady deliver songs that will either make you move or make you cry. Setting them apart from other bands is their ability to engage a crowd through their music, their message and their uncanny ability to fire up a crowd during a live show. “Absolutely brilliant” are the words you’ll be saying as you leave their show empowered and feeling a sense of unification.

BANAWURUN featuring Troy n Trevelyn are an electrifying band from Brisbane, Australia, performing an all-original repertoire. They will either have the crowd up on their feet dancing or sitting back awestruck by the soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics. After numerous shows across Australia many are describing this group as the hottest they have seen in years.

BANAWURUN is led by the amazingly talented duo of Troy and Trevelyn. Troy is an aboriginal man from the Kuku Yalanji and Birri Gubba clan groups of North Queensland. Troy’s passion for his culture and zeal for his music combine to exude a charismatic onstage showman. Onstage, Troy’s live persona has often been likened to that of Lenny
Kravitz. Offstage, Troy’s song writing skills have seen him become a finalist in the 2006 APRA Professional Development Awards. Trevelyn, meanwhile, hails from the African nation of Zimbabwe. Similarly, Trevelyn’s love of her Mother Country and her commitment and dedication to her work are obvious when she belts out her songs. Her powerful voice captivates audiences who can’t help but be spellbound.

BANAWURUN’s music is a fusion of modern day soul, reggae and pop, complemented with flavour from their Aboriginal and Zimbabwean cultures. On a recent trip to Los Angeles in the USA they played at the prestigious Viper Room as part of the Musexpo conference. Their unique sound was appropriately labelled by the Americans as “Outback Motown”. They perform all original songs including Why Can’t I, the edgier I'm Sorry and
their single Power to the People – which was recently nominated as Single Release of the Year at the 2006 Deadly Awards. All of these titles are included in their debut EP titled “Change”.

The remaining band members possess a versatility that would be hard to match. Musical director and keyboard player James Feagai and drummer Myka Wallace are both classically trained having spent time at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Lead guitarist Jason Collins and bass guitarist Josef Muller both possess numerous years of
experience in the music industry and Craig Kemp is the band’s didgeridoo player and traditional percussionist.

Some of the highly regarded events that BANAWURUN have performed at include:

· Musexpo, Viper Room, Los Angeles, USA
· Woodford Folk Festival
· Deadly Vibe Awards, Sydney Opera House
· Brisbane Festival
· National Indigenous Sports Awards (Adelaide)
· Yabun Concert (Sydney)
· River Festival (Brisbane)
· The Dreaming Festival (Woodford)
· Groove ‘n’ Grape Festival (Brisbane)
· Joyfest (Gold Coast)
· Wollumbin Festival (Tyalgum, NSW)
· Yaama Festival (Bourke)
· NAIDOC Concert (Derby, WA)

They have also appeared as guests on the Mary G Show and on the ABC network's show
Message Stick.

Lyrics

My Bama

Written By: Troy Brady

1st v
She’s just 14 years old, still a baby, not even of age
Yet her dreams came to stop, the night my sister made an innocent mistake
Influenced by substance, she went too far, nine months later she’s got a baby in her arms and where’s the daddy he’s still playing with his mates, because my sister made an innocent mistake

Chorus
My little bama don’t rock the cradle before your time
My little bama don’t play with fire just live your life
You hold the key to your destiny you are the one
My little bama for your time has just begun

2nd v
A solid footy player with the world at his feet
He was solid with the girls and brother contained the key
But now the keys are held by hands of uniformed men, because my brother made an innocent mistake
Influenced by substance, brother was in a car, he hit a woman now he’s playing behind these foreign bars
And now that dream to play on tv’s gone away, because my brother made an innocent mistake

Chorus
My little bama don’t rock the cradle before your time
My little bama don’t play with fire just live your life
You hold the key to your destiny you are the one
My little bama for your time has just begun

Guitar instrumental

Ooh my brothers, my sisters, be weary bout your stance (yeah)
I’m talking bout my brothers, all my deadly little sister girls
Be weary bout your stance, cause your time has just begun

Chorus
My little bama don’t rock the cradle before your time
My little bama don’t play with fire just live your life
You hold the key to your destiny you are the one
My little bama for your time has just begun

Power to the People

Written By: Troy Brady and Trevelyn Brady

Chorus
Power to the people, power to this land
Power to this nation, power to make a stand

Verse
For a just democracy, for equal opportunity
To better the conditions of a people in exile to repel in freedom
This redemption song, was composed to unite us mob to better the future for our children

Where we going nobody knows
The more that we exchange, the more we grow

Chorus
Power to the people, power to this land
Power to this nation, power to make a stand, here we go now

Power to the people, freedom for all our children yeah
Where we going nobody knows
The more that we survive, the more we grow (ooh)

2nd verse
We’ve got to respect and restore values in our homes
Eradicate the fighting and minimise the grog
Knowledge is power so let us stimulate our minds
To feel empowered about where we are within in our lives

Where we going nobody knows
The more that we exchange, the more we grow

Chorus
Power to the people, power to this land
Power to this nation, power to make a stand, here we go again

Power to the people, freedom for all our children yeah

Bridge
I’m a freedom rider and my cause is for a freer world
Multi-cultures stand united, let’s work together
Let’s embark on a new revolution and better this world for our children

Power, to all the people
Freedom, to all our children yeah
No more, war what we are fighting for?

I’m standing up proud and I’m feeling strong,
I said I’m standing up proud and I’m feeling strong, POWER

Discography

Debut EP 'Change' released throughout Australia in early 2006. Currently receiving extensive airplay across the country.

Set List

All songs are original compositions written by Troy Brady and Trevelyn Brady. They possess enough material to perform for over 2 hours. A typical set will go for 45-60 minutes.