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Dan Sultan to make Indonesian debut for Australia Connect

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, December 3, 2019  /  10:50 am
Dan Sultan to make Indonesian debut for Australia Connect

Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Dan Sultan is set to perform in Yogyakarta, Bandung and Jakarta this week, as part of the Australian Embassy’s cultural program, Australia Connect. (Instagram/dansultanmusic/File)

Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Dan Sultan is set to perform in Yogyakarta, Bandung and Jakarta this week, as part of the Australian Embassy’s cultural program, Australia Connect.

Gary Quinlan, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, said in a statement that Sultan was one of Australia’s finest indigenous talents.

“We are proud to introduce his unique sound to Indonesia,” Quinlan said.

The Australia Connect program looks to strengthen cultural relations between Australia and Indonesia. Australia Connect will focus on the rich cultural heritage of indigenous Australians and the country's multicultural population.

The ambassador added that the program was about Australians and Indonesians getting to understand each other better, adding that there was no better way to do so than through music, a medium that crosses borders, cultures and languages.

Sultan is a 33-year-old singer of Irish and Australian Aboriginal descent. His mother, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, is a direct descendant of Vincent Lingiari, the stockman who helped start the Aboriginal land rights movement. 

Sultan’s album Blackbird won National Album of the Year at 2014’s National Indigenous Music Awards.

The following year, Sultan and Jessica Mauboy were named ‘Artists of the Year’.

Read also: Australia Connect: Exhibition explores forgotten Australian-Indonesian history

At this year’s Australia Connect, Sultan is set to perform with local musicians Pamungkas, Coldiac and Gie. He will also share his skills in song writing and composing with musicians and music students in Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Bandung.

“I am excited to visit Indonesia for the first time and learn more about its rich cultural history and thriving music scene alongside great talent,” said Sultan.

He went on to say that music was a powerful way to connect and that telling stories through music allowed people to understand each other better.

Dan Sultan – Live and in Concert will be held from Dec. 2 to 7 in Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Bandung, with two dates in each city. Tickets for the Yogyakarta and Bandung shows are still available through Loket.com and GoTix.com, while tickets for the Dec. 5 show at the Australian Embassy Jakarta are available for free through eventbrite.com. (vel/mut)

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