Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

Witiyana Marika & Yirrnga Yunpingu with Gavin Campbell on pads in the background. Enmore Theatre 2018. Photo by Andy Maclean

4 February, 2019 in Feature

YIRRAMBOI, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault present:


Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

The founding members of Yothu Yindi are joined on stage by the next generation of Indigenous Stars.


Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project was initially launched in 2017, to celebrate the release of the 25th anniversary remix pack of Yothu Yindi’s “Treaty” and raise awareness for the need for treaty with Australia’s First Nations people.


In this exciting new, electronica-driven formation, founding members of Yothu Yindi – Witiyana Marika, Stu Kellaway and Kevin Malngay Yunupingu are joined onstage by former band members and popular Indigenous singer/ songwriters. The group also features cabaret artist Kamahi Djordon King and emerging Yolngu singers, Yirrnga Yunupingu and Yimila Gurruwiwi.


Rounding out the line-up is multi-instrumentalist Ania Reynolds (the current musical director of Circus Oz), Kellaway’s son Roy on guitar, along with DJ/producer Gavin Campbell on additional percussion and the Toraiz SP-16 sampler.


As evinced by Yothu Yindi’s success in the 1990s, Indigenous music, song and dance are powerful tools of protest.


The current national conversation surrounding Indigenous affairs and recent wave of new generation artists keeping the message and culture alive; such as A.B.Original, Baker Boy, Kardajala Kirridarra, Electric Fields, not to mention the recent successful reformation tour of Midnight Oil, stalwart supporters of the cause, have made it clear that now is the time for this iconic outfit to renew their involvement in that protest.


Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project features original Yothu Yindi members, along with emerging First Nations artists and special guests performing new remixes of classic Yothu Yindi hits (courtesy of producers Nubreed, Lostep and Filthy Lucre), plus brand new material, all with an electronic twist in a cross-generational celebration of cultural diversity.


This unique, bespoke ensemble has brought the wide appeal of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Yothu Yindi, reunited with their long time “Treaty” remix collaborator, Gavin Campbell of production outfit Filthy Lucre to a diverse array of festivals and events, including Survival Day 2019 concerts (at Parramatta Park and the national ABC TV broadcast at Circular Quay), Strawberry Fields Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Homeground at Sydney Opera House, NAIDOC Week in Kalgoorlie, Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival, Enmore Theatre and Croxton Bandroom, and their memorable performance of “Treaty” at the Closing Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 which came hot on the heels of their memorable performance at Festival 2018 – an outdoor concert on the opening night of GC2018.



Where: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

When: Saturday 4 May, 8pm

How Much: Full price $65.00 – $74.00, Concession $50.00. Tickets here.

NOTE: We have a limited number of Blaktix available for this event. Please email YIRRAMBOI on yirramboi@melbourne.vic.gov.au with the subject ‘blaktix x treaty’ to receive a discount code (Blaktix cost $37 plus booking fee)



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