AJAK KWAI with special guests KUNJANI and KWAME & KOFI Tickets
7:00pm, Wed 19th October, 2016
The Toff In Town, VIC
TICKETS: $12.00 + bf / $15.00 ON THE DOOR
Ajak Kwai will immerse you in the depths and richness of her South Sudanese roots, soulful sounds combined with traditional Afro-beats.
Ajak's distinctive voice and vibrant afro soul style songs have seen her in demand with many festivals including Byron Bay, Apollo Bay, National Folk Festival, Port Fairy, Melbourne International Festival. This has developed her as a performer with a style that has great appeal visually and musically that you can't help feeling you are in Africa.
Ajak and her songs take us on a journey deeply feminine, unique from the Upper Nile to gospel singing in Cairo to Melbourne where she has successfully fused her African roots with the grassroots of Australian music. She sings about freedom, peace, love and ... cows.
Ajak leaves you in no doubt as to the depth and richness of her Dinka roots, regardless of the language that she sings in. Music is the vehicle for her stories of extraordinary life experiences as a refugee, exiled from her home town.
Her move to Melbourne in 2007 ignited a new phase in Ajak's songwriting seeing her write and perform with many well know Australian musicians including percussionist Nicky Bomba, multi-instrumentalist Martin Tucker and fretman Chris Basile. Ajak released an album in 2008 which reflected her new funky raw Aussie/Sudanese sound.
"..Kwai has created an exciting album that showcases her magnificent vocal range" - Seth Jordan