A member of the stolen generations, taken from his parents and separated from his siblings when he was just 18 months old, Uncle Kutcha Edwards has spent much of his life connecting people. Before embarking on a music career, he trained as a community health worker and strongly believes he has a responsibility to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Waripa means Ceremony in Mutti Mutti. Join the chorus with senior songman Uncle Kutcha Edwards in a huge, ceremonial celebration of Blak music.Kutcha is my guest sround 8.30am.
Uncle Kutcha Edwards has been combining songwriting and activism since 1991, with celebrated works including Yuyukatha, Inside Outside Prison Tour, Circling Time, and Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man. For the last five years he’s been opening his car door for beloved First Peoples artists and inviting them on a front seat musical journey through the streets of Naarm. Kutchta’s Koorioke (on NITV and online) has seen him “cruise the dirty mile” of Fitzroy on Wurundjeri Country with the likes of Dan Sultan, Alice Skye and the late, great Archie Roach.
Now he’s parking the idea in The Forum and hosting a ceremony that’ll bring together young and old from the afternoon, into the night. It’s a chance to lift up the anthems that’ve shaped the Blak artistic landscape for the past 40 years. Featuring a vibrant group of guests including Joe Geia and Bart Willoughby from No Fixed Address, Barkaa, Fred Leone, Zachariah Fielding from Electric Fields, Dobby, Mo’Ju, Maylene Yinnar, Bumpy, Emily Wurramara, Shellie Morris, Richie Gymalla from Black Rock Band, Linc Yow Yeh, Robert Champion, Jay Jarome Bushby, Sue Ray and plenty more.
This is a 16+ event: Any 16+ ticket holders will need to be accompanied by an adult with a limit of x3 minors per adult.