Ajak Kwai

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Ajak Kwai

Ajak Kwai returns to Kew Court House with lead guitarist Kumar Shome, Matthew Erickson on bass, Maria Moles on drums and Olivia Wentdlandt on keys.

Performed in English, Arabic and her native language, Dinka, Ajak’s music draws upon gospel, South Sudanese funk and blues influences. The result is something notably unique, powerful and uplifting.

Ajak’s performances are strong messages. They call for inclusion and celebrate the diversity of Australian society.

Originally hailing from the small town of Bor on the Upper Nile in what is now known as South Sudan, music has always been part of Ajak’s life. Song brought her through her moves to Egypt and Tasmania before finally settling in Melbourne.

“Returning to Kew Court House is like coming back to a town I’ve once lived in. It’s a place where the audience can join in the singing and dance if they feel it,” says Ajak Kwai.

Audiences have come to expect music as a gift of love and an experience in participatory performance; call and response hooks and beats that beckon you to move.

The performance running time is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes including intermission. Boroondara Arts Bar will be open.