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The Garifuna Collective @ Commonwealth Games
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
7:00 PM
The Big Bang
Gold Coast, Australia
Witness an explosion of energy, beats, drums and rhythms from across the Commonwealth.

Performing in Australia for the first time are headliners Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali (Belize). Experience a hypnotic blend of ancient and modern instruments, soulful melodies and irresistible grooves.

The lineup also features Circle of Rhythm (Greg Sheehan, Ben Walsh, Bobby Singh), Indigenous super group Yarwah, international Didjeridu performer Tjupurru, Torres Strait Islander guitarist and songman Chris Tamwoy, Pacific Island group Hellani, and global beat boxing sensation Tom Thum.

"This troupe of extraordinary singers has fashioned a unique and wonderful world; once you enter, you will never want to leave." The Guardian (UK) on Garifuna Collective.

"The meeting point where ancient meets modern, where acoustic slips effortlessly into and out of electric, this music stretches forward, defying the listener to pin it down. And yet far from being disturbing, it is endlessly satisfying and soothing. Whatever people mean about music being universal, surely that is the perfect demonstration of their argument." The Observer (UK) on Garifuna Collective.