Arts and Culture

Treaty: First Nations music festival highlights exceptional talent

Posted on: Thu 12 Nov 2020

Treaty is SA’s newest First Nations event and aims to become an annual fixture on the entertainment calendar.

Featuring a wealth of talent, including NT rapper J-MILLA, hip hop groups Sonz of Serpent and DEM MOB, rapper RKM aka Rulla Kelly-Mansell, singer/songwriters Tilly Tjala ThomasMRLN aka Marlon Motlop and Katie Aspel, and MC’d jointly by J-MILLA and Natasha Wanganeen. The festival is to be broadcast on IndigiTube and is a great way to round out NAIDOC week.

Festival City’s Sarah Martin spoke with Letisha Ackland, Music SA First Nations Industry Development Coordinator and organiser of the event:

Also, hip hop artist RKM (Rulla Kelly-Mansell), who was also nominated for Tasmanian Young Australian of the year for his work with his mental health charity, MakeRunsMaxi.

And MC / hip hop artist J-Milla, who performed his new single 60K on air.

Image provided by Treaty Festival, created by 22-year-old Kokatha Ngukurr woman Ashleigh Darrie of Hindmarsh Valley, has been chosen as the winning artist for the design of the event poster. Her painting ‘We Stand In Distress’ was created with the mindset of the theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ and for proud Aboriginal people who continually stand up and fight for their rights.

Sarah Martin

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