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Kinfolk Orkestar & Ali Shakaki – A World Music, Winter Solstice Celebration

  • 30 Jun 2024

  • $30 adults, kids under 12 free

Come prepared to dance!'


“The Kinfolk Orkestar is a collective of rare talent, where tunes from Hungary and Romania to Turkey and beyond take freewheeling left turns into the unexpected. This is where folk music meets jazz meets a groove that moves body and soul. This is where traditional melodies dare to venture into phonic forays of virtuosic improvisation, where the sweeter sounds of bow and fingers on strings and breath in brass collides with raw rhythm groove and power, creating an emergent sonic property greater than the sum of its parts!

The Orkestar is multi-instrumentalist Joshua Szabo (of Hello Tut Tut), Laura Targett (of Wild Thyme) chameleon fiddler of many styles, legendary percussionist Greg Sheehan, the excellent Emiliano Beltzer (of Santa Taranta) on bass and guitar, acclaimed rising talent Oscar Eager on the trumpet and the one and only Matt Ledgar (of Kangaroo Moon) on drum kit.


'Ali Shakaki is a world class Kurdish singer and tanbur player from the city of Afrin, Syria.

Ali’s voice leaves audiences spellbound, and his expertise on the tanbur is unparalleled in Australia. Ali describes the instrument as being “half of his body”. He is celebrated for his playing of traditional Kurdish music as well as his own compositions. Ali writes music for poetry about love, landscape and respect for his homeland.

He began his musical career at age eleven and was soon a highly acclaimed and well loved performer in his home country, before being forced to leave in 2014 due to the deadly war in Syria. He spent three years in Iraqi Kurdistan before coming to Australia where he is now settled with his family in Coffs Harbour.'

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