Koori Radio’s Rooftop Concert Series kicked off to memorable start with just over 300 people filling the radio broadcaster’s rooftop courtyard for an unforgettable afternoon and evening of live reggae.
Held on Saturday, the 18th of April, the first in a series of Koori Radio fundraising events planned for the year featured a stellar lineup of reggae DJ’s and live performance from the likes of Kamauri, The Roots Odyssey Sound System, Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Green Hand Band and Jamaican reggae star, Ras Daniel Ray.
After the Roots Odyssey Sound System began the day with a wide selection of reggae hits and cult classics, Kamauri got the crowd moving with a high energy dancehall set. Just as the sun was setting, local Indigenous reggae outfit, Green Hand Band, took to the stage to perform some of their infectious, dance friendly grooves – including ‘Common Welfare’ and ‘Garuuja’.
“The spirit, energy and good vibes of last week’s concert exemplifies everything that Koori Radio stands for,” says Gadigal Information Service CEO, Jodie Choolburra.
“Ras Daniel Ray and all of the performers generously donated their time and talents to support Koori Radio and Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, from the performers to the sound technicians, the Redfern Community Centre who generously provided equipment, to our volunteers, Terry, Rosie and Milo who manned the BBQ, and Aunty May and Faith who cooked some delicious food – this was a community team effort all the way – Koori Radio sends it love and thanks to all those who helped out and all those who turned out on the day.”
Solidarity and good vibes was the order of the day with a major highlight coming when Ras Daniel Ray joined the Green Hand Band for a live collaboration. With the city lights of Redfern and the Waterloo towers glowing behind them, and the crowd dancing under the moonlight, Ras Daniel Ray launched into a spine-tingling cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’, backed by a chorus of voices from the crowd.
“Being able to collaborate with someone like Ras Daniel Ray – it was a truly magical and spiritual moment for me as a musician,” says Green Hand Band lead singer, Tim Gray, “it was the most energetic gig I’ve ever done.”
The second of Koori Radio’s Rooftop Concert Series takes place on Friday, the 24th of April (5:30pm – 9:30pm), at 27 Cope Street, Redfern, featuring highly regarded and intentionally successful Australian jazz artists, Johnny Nicol (with friends), Kevin Hunt, and DJing from the Groove Merchant. Tickets are $10 at the door or online (www.gobookem.com ).Visit www.gadigal.org.au for more event details.