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Music’s big guns set to ignite Karijini

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Some of Australia’s biggest Aboriginal music stars will take to the red gorges of Karijini next month.

Archie Roach, Deborah Cheetham and Gina Williams will be among the line-up at the sixth annual Karijini Experience, which will run from April 17-22 in Western Australia’s Pilbara.

The event, held in the Karijini National Park is a festival of music, art, food and storytelling that will also highlight the culture of the Banjima people.

The festivities will begin with a Welcome to Country at the Karijini Airstrip on April 17.

On April 18 renowned opera soprano Deborah Cheetham will be accompanied by a WA Symphony Orchestra string quartet for a performance at Kalamina Gorge at 3pm and then again under the stars at the Karijini Airstrip on April 19.

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will perform with the WASO quartet and Yamatji didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins on April 21 at an exclusive event in the gorge.

Meanwhile, Josie Alec, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Mark Atkins, Archie Roach and the Mexicans will perform at the Yurlu Lounge at the Karijini Airstrip on April 22.

Ms Alec will also present her new bush medicine range at a Maker’s Market on the final day.

Guests at a special dinner on April 20 will also enjoy the songs of Mission Songs Project, a vocal quartet presented by Jessie Lloyd with singers Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan and Jessica Hitchcock, featuring the songs that were sung after church on missions, settlements and reserves.

Roebourne artist Tyson Mowrain will also perform with Qynn Beardman and Atkins.

On the food side, watch out for chef Paul Iskov, whose company Fervor works with native ingredients sourced with Aboriginal community members.

Aboriginal chef Mark Olive will prepare a bush tucker high tea on April 19.

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