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Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight)
Wednesday 01 April 7.00pm
Olive, from the small and remote community of Wangkatjungka south of Fitzroy Crossing, has been on Broadway and performed with Hugh Jackman in his show “Back On Broadway”. A Walmatjarri woman born in the desert, Olive Knight’s traditional name is Kankawa Nagarra. Her earliest recollections of music are of traditional songs sung around the campfire, which lulled her into a peaceful sleep. She remembers nullanullas thumping the bare earth, clap sticks and boomerangs, and the rhythmic songs of her forefathers. Olive was an integral part of the liquor restrictions movement that won a precedent ruling against the Liquor Association, has been active in studies related to prevention and treatment of FASD, helped develop the Walmatjarri dictionary in the 1960s, and is a well respected Elder.
Now working on her third studio album, Olive has a vision to see her people heal and believes music is an integral part of that. As Australians we can boast to have inherited the only Walmatjarri Gospel Blues Singer in the world! Olive is not just a musician; she is a rare gem of incalculable cultural significance. Olive offers Australians an opportunity to participate in active and culturally appropriate reconciliation. By purchasing Olive’s music you support her endeavours of Health and Healing Through Music, acknowledge her as an inspirational Traditional Australian and enable her to continue her work.
Support from The Orphans.