Address: 1 Casula Powerhouse RD Casula
Ticket: $15 All
Desert to Saltwater Country Tjupi (Honey Ant) come from Papunya, 250 km North West of Alice Springs. The Tjupi Band play energetic and emotive desert reggae. Singing in Luritja (as well as in English), they are the foremost musical inspiration for people across Central Australia. Tjupi Band in many ways epitomizes Central Australian desert reggae – sparse upbeat, driving kick and snare, in-language; the songs are about loneliness for country, love lost, listening to Elders, following tradition, social issues, skin pride, tribal unity and most importantly, pride of culture.
From growing up learning from the members of Warumpi Band, they form part of the new wave of uniquely Indigenous Australian reggae; alongside other musical innovators such as Saltwater Band and Letterstick Band. Unearthed by Triple J in 2010, Tjupi Band headlined the John Butler gig at The Alice Springs Showground. Richard Kingsmill of Triple J describes the song Wati Kutjungku; "Love the harmonies on this - it paints such a rich picture of how inland Australia sounds. It cruises along simply but beautifully. Rating: 4/5." The Desert Band that puts all others out of work, Tjupi Band are the most wanted Indigenous band currently playing Central Australia. Mentored by the famous Sammy Butcher, the band takes over from where Warumpi Band finished. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is hosting a BBQ after the Tjupi Band performance, come and meet one of Australia’s most talked about bands.