Moonah Music

Taste of the Future

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Moonah Taste of the Future

Looking to the future of emerging communities, who work together in Tasmania to maintain culture and bring a world of musical talent to our stages.  

Moonah Taste of the Future was an extension of the much loved Moonah Taste of the World Festival. These concerts were recorded at Moonah Arts Centre in 2017.

Performances

Madi Community Dance

Traditional Mure dances by the Madi people of Tasmania, organised by and for artists from east African communities.  

Under the guidance of Cultural leader Joseph Buga, the Madi community has maintained dance, song, drumming and religious cultural activities both for their own community and for the wider Tasmanian community. With original band members dispersed around the world and many lost in war and struggle, it is extraordinary that this band is doing so well right here in Hobart. The Adungu Band has given major public performances on and off since the WORKS festival in 2006. In the last few years, in part supported by Matthew Fargher and the Moonah Arts Centre, the group has had a resurgence of energy and have performed regularly at MONA, Falls Festival, Moonah Taste of the World Festival and Junction Arts Festival. The Madi musicians are important cultural leaders in their community, and maintain strong links with their countries of origin. 

Dancing Divas North Indian Dance 

The Dancing Divas are an Indian dance group established by Bhuvana Veeramani. They perform a fusion of classical, Bollywood, folk and western dance styles, presented with passion and exuberance, the dances express joy and happiness. Bhuvana has always loved dancing and has developed her own unique style, which is the inspiration behind the establishment of the Dancing Divas. She has been dancing since she was eight and was trained in a traditional style called Bharatanatyam.  

This piece is a fusion of folk dance and Bollywood style of dancing. The music is predominantly from the North of India and comprises of beats, simple lyrical style and fusion music.  

Chinese Students Chinese Music by Shuang Shuang group

A medley of songs from different eras of Chinese culture — a mixture of traditional and pop. The instrument you will see is the erhu (Chinese violin) Shuang Zhang is a conservatorium trained Chinese opera singer and dancer, now living in Hobart, Tasmania. She has been singing for more than a decade, specialising in traditional Chinese Opera.

Shuang arrived in Australia with her mother in 2012, and has been living and working in Tasmania ever since. She sings with a band and has been performing at various festivals and concerts around Tasmania. She is also an accomplished dancer, trained in traditional Chinese, jazz and hip-hop styles. Shuang is excited to share her love of classic Chinese performances with the Tasmanian community she has fallen so in love with. She is joined on stage by Sam, (Erhu) and members of the Chinese Students association.

Indian and Chinese Cross Cultural Dance by Dancing Divas and Shuang Shuang and Friends

This piece is a tribute to both Indian and Chinese forms of dancing, where in the dancers are dancing to both kinds of music. 

It is a piece which shows that dance transcends across the continents and what unites us all is the love for music and rhythm. Moonah Taste of the Future took place over 2017.  

Developing connections between Migrant Artists from Asia and Africa. The Moonah Arts Centre hosted this concert on 22 September 2017. 

Moonah Taste of the Future was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.