Voices in Harmony
Celebrate Harmony Week with voices from across the globe
Crank up a multicultural smorgasbord of song to celebrate Harmony Week with the Office of Multicultural Interests’ Voices in Harmony playlist.
This unique project features Western Australian artists representing some of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in this State.
This first playlist will take you on a musical journey around diverse WA with sounds from our Indigenous heritage before moving through to influences from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, South-East Asia, North Asia, South America and the Pacific Islands.
Created as the soundtrack to Harmony Week 2016, Voices in Harmony can be used as a resource for activities and events during Harmony Week, as well as throughout the year to highlight Western Australia’s vibrant multicultural society.
Click on the artist’s name to view additional information about that artist.
If you are interested in contributing a song to the Voices in Harmony project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and share the sounds of your culture.
Artist: Tara Tiba
Born in Tehran, Iran, at a time when female singers were prohibited from performing in public, Tara Tiba began her musical journey as a child studying Western classical piano. At 16 she developed an interest in Persian music, embarking on seven years of vocal training in the classical Persian ‘Radif’ system, under one of the country’s most prominent singers, Hengameh Akhavan. Moving to Perth in 2012, Tara undertook a jazz course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Rusichi is Western Australia’s premier Russian folk group, with a repertoire that spans centuries of traditional Russian, Ukrainian and gypsy song and dance, including popular favorites such as Katyusha and Kalinka.
Artist: Marco Quiroz
Marco Quiroz, multi-instrumentalist from Chile, is a member of a number of Latin American music leading groups in Perth such as Los Chasquis, LC Salsa, The Latin Gypsy Experiment, Rumba y Cafe, Seven Oceans and many others.
Artist: Buddhist Light International Association
BLIA WA operates together with International Buddhist Association of WA (IBAWA); members and devotees working voluntarily in all activities. They are encouraged to actively study and practice the Dharma (the Buddha’s teaching) and engage in charitable and community services.
Artist: Grace Barbé
With roots in the tiny Indian Ocean nation of Seychelles, home to a unique culture that fuses Africa, Europe and Asia, Grace Barbé (pronounced Bar-bay) is a singer, songwriter and musician whose music, like her mixed heritage, reflects and celebrates the diverse influences of her Creole culture.
Artist: The Hungarian Song Birds
The Hungarian Songbirds is a small amateur Hungarian choir operating in Perth. With dedicated, passionate members, the Song Birds believe it is important to nurture their heritage by singing Hungarian folklore songs. Established in 2014 as part of the Hungarian Educational and Cultural Centre, they meet fortnightly in the Jolimont Primary School and perform on different cultural events such as national days and Christmas celebrations.
Artist: Daniel Ray
This song is by Daniel Ray from the FNTS Movement. FNTS was founded by Burundian Rachdar Abubakar Giraneza aka G-Marl Jamal, the FNTS(From Nothing To Something) Movement aims to support and empower young Western Australians from all backgrounds and ethnicities to express themselves through drama, dance, music, digital media and helping other members of the community.
Artist: Tongan Choir
This choir, part of the Beth-Shalom Uniting Congregation in South Lake, comprises people from Tonga and New Zealand, some of who migrated to Perth as far back as 1978. The choir is encouraged to sing and speak in the Tongan language and the members range in age from 10 to 78 years.
Artist: Phil Walley-Stack
Phil Walley-Stack is one of the top didgeridoo players in Australia. Phil takes traditional sounds like the didgeridoo, boomerangs and tapping sticks and blends them with contemporary instruments like the cello, guitar and drums. Performances include elements of both traditional and contemporary music and dance in a cultural fusion. Walley-Stack comes from the Wardandi area, which is located in the south-west region of Western Australia, in and around Bunbury Busselton Margaret River region.
Artist: OIC Group
A musical collaboration of Perth session musicians with the gamelan orchestra of the Indonesian Consulate in Perth, the OIC Group combines the music of traditional Indonesia with contemporary styles such as jazz, rock, and pop. Featuring the combinations of ethnic instruments such as the gamelan, sitar, didgeridoo, with the moderns such as the bass guitars, drums, and the piano, the music of the OIC Group celebrates the musical richness of both the eastern and western cultures, and the multiculturalism that prevail in Australia.
Artist: Shameem Taheri-Lee
Born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother, this bubbly vocalist and songwriter enchants her audiences with her heartfelt, personal stories, socially conscious messages and spiritual influences in her songs.
Artist: Trinh Quach
Trinh Quach is Chinese, born in Vietnam, and was a teacher, teaching Chinese and Vietnamese. She came to Australia as a refugee in 1978 and worked as a Primary school assistant until retirement. She has worked many years with the Chung Wah Association teaching Chinese as well as coordinating many cultural events. Trinh is well known in the Asian community for her contributions in promoting Chinese culture as well as for her beautiful singing voice.
Artist: South African Gospel Choir
Formed in 2005, the South African Gospel Choir are a multinational group singing African and English Gospel songs. The group has two drummers, which is in keeping with the African drum beat that forms the basis for their soulful music! The Conductor is Croatian born Hana Vuko and South African born Virginia Henriques is the Choir Coordinator. The aim of the Choir is to support AIDS relief in South Africa.
Artist: Basic Desire
Basic Desire are an Australian duo who combine electronic sounds with melodic vocals, creating lush ambient landscapes. Born in Poland, Paulina received classical training, but decided to pursue a pop career when she moved to Australia. Basic Desire want to strengthen the links between people of diverse cultural backgrounds through their music and the messages it carries.
Artist: Yasmin Powell
Of Syrian and English heritage, Yasmin is a solo and choral singer who has been performing since a young age. In 2015, she completed a bachelor of Music in Classical Performance at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. She has been a member of The Australian Voices since 2012, touring New Caledonia and the USA, as well as performing on ABC’s Q&A in 2014 and with Queensland’s Symphony Orchestra in 2015