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Sounds from the Centre

With a focus on the Territory and locally-based talent, the music program offers a diverse range of musical genres.  Hosted by local musician Paul Ah Chee, ‘Ngala’, Sounds from the Centre features performers across six of the ten Festival nights.  

All performances will take place on the Todd Mall Stage. Shows are free to watch, but seats are limited.  To save your seat please register

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Friday 11 September6.30pm – 7:15pm

Stuart Nuggett

Solo artist Stuart Nuggett has been playing and writing music since he was a child and was taught by his Uncles while growing up in Ali Curung, Elliott and Barunga regions.  Stuart performs in the language of Jingili which only has five native speakers alive today.  Stuart’s single, Nayurni (Woman) was a finalist for the Indigenous Language Award at the 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs).

Saturday 12 September6.30pm – 7:15pm

Patsy Coleman

A baptism by fire for this Gypsy Cowgirl from the Northern Territory, saw her jumping straight into the music world in 2018 as part of the Saltwater Divas and Bush Bands Bash playing her original songs.

Patsy has performed at festivals across the Northern Territory and Western Australia.  Since the launch of her first EP in December 2019, Patsy is looking forward to an exciting future with new performances, new music and plenty of adventures.

Thursday 17 September6.30pm – 7:15pm

Kirra Voller

Kirra Voller is a singer/songwriter and proud Wirangu/Kokatha woman who lives in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).  The past 10 years have seen Kirra grow musically into a strong vocalist and performer.

Kirra performs to help bring about change and to deal with issues that people might ordinarily find difficult.  Kirra has had many festival and community appearances throughout the Northern Territory and is currently working on the release of her EP.

Thursday 17 September6.30pm – 7.15pm

Jessie K

Jessie K is a singer/songwriter originally from Mareeba, QLD and now calls Alice Springs home.  Jessie K started playing guitar at a young age and only began writing original music a couple of years ago.  Her musical styles range from Country, Reggae and Folk and her music speaks to her experiences and life journey.

Friday 18 September6.30pm – 7.15pm

Southeast Desert Metal

The most isolated metal band in the world, Southeast Desert Metal, are from Santa Teresa, a small Aboriginal community in central Australia. The Eastern Arrernte band are hardened from a decade of playing across the rigid outback landscape. They’ve developed a sound that reflects their surroundings:  dangerous and distinct.

With a third album in the works, and a profile that continues to grow internationally, Southeast Desert Metal are on the cusp of a huge future.

Saturday 19 September6.30pm – 7:15pm

Leah Flanagan

Growing up in the tropics of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, Flanagan was raised by a community of cultures bolstering her proud Italian, Aboriginal (Alyawarre) and Irish heritage.  Classically trained and navigating the margins between soul, jazz and lovingly crafted pop stylings, Flanagan’s sound is her own.

While her individual accomplishments are many, it’s collaboration that rests in Flanagan’s heartland and for her Parrtjima debut Leah will be joined by a string quartet led by Netanela Mizrahi.

Sunday 20 September6.30pm – 7:15pm

Paul Ah Chee & Friends

Paul Ah Chee ‘Ngala’ is an Alice Springs-based singer/songwriter. Although Paul had a love of music as a young boy, it wasn’t until he formed Amunda with three other local musicians in 1989 that he began to play in earnest.

Amunda enjoyed success with appearances at major music festivals but ceased performing in 1997. Paul has now embarked on a solo project with new music to be released in May 2020.  Paul will perform some of these new songs live at Parrtjima 2020, along with a selection of Amunda favourites.

  • Mojo Juju, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Frank Yamma, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 6/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Frank Yamma, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 6/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Paul Ah Chee

  • Frank Yamma, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 6/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC