Artist info

Genre

Rock, Roots


Sounds like

original acoustic desert music


band members

Dion Forrester Jonathan Lindsay Tjapaltjarri Hermawan


Influences

Johnny Diesel, Tommy Emmanuel, desert reggae genre of Central Australia


Bio

Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja) is a duo consisting of Dion Forrester & Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan who weave together a reflection of their blended cultures and wide musical influences such as Aboriginal desert reggae like Tjupi Band, old school metal like Iron Maiden and guitar master, Tommy Emmanuel.

Through its two band members Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants. The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage, which the duo have reclaimed to demonstrate the pride they have in their identity and to draw strength from their culture.

Jonathan and Dion strive to be role models in their community - teaching music and language to kids, advocating healthy lifestyles as well as in their professional capacity as youth workers. They challenge young people to dream big and hope to empower them to achieve their goals.

Recent performances this year have included Wide Open Space Festival (Alice Springs), Tjungu Festival (Uluru), the NT Song of the Year Awards (Darwin) and the BIGSOUND music industry conference (Brisbane). Previously they have supported Neil Murray, Archie Roach and The Basics.

Their debut single 'Waru' was a finalist in the rock category of the NT Song of the Year awards 2016. Their debut album 'In Between' was recorded at the CAAMA Music studios in Alice Springs and produced by Dave Crowe. It is due for release early 2017.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

24 Feb 2017

Triple J
30

I love the way you've used your background experience and culture in a way that shines right through your music.

I love the way you've used your background experience and culture in a way that shines right through your music.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

28 Sep 2016

Triple J
30

I love these guys! The blend of language tradition and contemporary music styles makes this so fantastic.

I love these guys! The blend of language tradition and contemporary music styles makes this so fantastic.

Review

Jade Keil

01 Apr 2017

50

Absolutely awesome! Loved these guys the moment i heard them. :-)

Absolutely awesome! Loved these guys the moment i heard them. :-)