Culture Waves brings young artists Sampa the Great, Kira Puru and Philly together for a very special free gig to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week 2018.
Taking place during Cultural Diversity Week, the free event is a celebration of the diverse influences that have inspired the latest sounds in our local music scene.
In each one of the artists’ stories is a narrative that will be familiar to many young people in Victoria.
Rap and spoken word artist Sampa the Great is one of Australia’s fastest-rising stars, having supported the likes of Kendrick Lamar and selling out headline shows locally and overseas.
Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, and having studied in the US, 24-year-old Sampa Tembo – aka Sampa the Great – is an example of the thousands of young people who come from all over the world to study in Australia.
While here she quickly matured as an artist and performer, releasing The Great Mixtape as a free download in 2015 and supporting Kendrick Lamar on his Australian tour less than a year later.
Through a combination of pure rap and spoken word set over boundary-pushing beats, Sampa’s music tells a universal story of self-discovery and finding strength from within.
Also gracing the Culture Waves line-up is Kira Puru, whose single Tension has racked up almost a million Spotify plays and can overpower even the most strident non-dancers.
Puru grew up in regional NSW – where, as a Maori woman, she recalls being one of very few people of colour – before eventually settling in Melbourne.
Variously described as “pop”, “disco goth” and a “powerhouse vocalist”, Puru’s musical prowess and witty stage banter is not to be missed.
Rounding out the bill is Mildura-based rapper Philly, who uses his rhymes to shine a light on Aboriginal issues and put forth positive message for young Aboriginal people.
He has played alongside Briggs, Jimblah and the Yung Warriors, and has earnt acclaim for his breathtaking rendition of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds for Triple J’s Like a Version.
Culture Waves is coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission with support from the Victorian Government and sponsored by Victoria University.
It will take place from 6:30pm, following on from Victoria’s Multicultural Festival, which begins at midday. Both events are all-ages.
When: 24 March 2018, 6.30PM
Where: Federation Square