Jimmy Chi and Kuckles' coming-of-age musical Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia.
Born in Cairns, Queensland, Samuel (Tainga) Savage is passionate about bringing the power of culture and storytelling to the stage.
A graduate from the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, Tai has performed multiple roles in the Aboriginal Performance production of Fever and works professionally around Perth as a commercial dancer and all-round performer.
Samuel is thrilled to be making his Music Theatre debut with this production of Bran Nue Dae.
Adi is a true Kimberley Girl, growing up between Beagle Bay and Broome and a descendant of the Bardi, Nyikina, Gooniyandi people.
She has been surrounded by turquoise waters, pindan dirt, strong culture, music and dance all her life. The youngest of four, she comes from a musical family who travel and perform together throughout the Kimberley at a wide range festivals and community events.
At the age of 9 she toured the Tamworth Country Music Festival, singing and playing guitar. She had the privilege to meet and be inspired by artists such as Troy Cassar-Daley, Shannon Noll, Guy Sebastian and her favourite Kasey Chambers.
Outside her love of music and performing she is actively involved in playing, umpiring and coaching sport including netball, basketball and football. She also loves spending time fishing and camping with friends and family.
During her secondary schooling she achieved an Excellence Award at the Performing Arts Festival in Perth 2019 and came second runner up in the Kimberley Girl Competition 2019 for positive leadership.
Bran Nue Dae is Adi’s first musical theatre experience.
Damar was born and raised in Broome.
Music was something that enhanced Darma’s childhood and played a huge part of her early life. Damar has been composing songs since she was young. Singing is Damar’s predominant instrument, with guitar second and piano third. Previous performances include Broome senior high school and performance showcases, along with singing the National Anthem at Bedford Park for Anzac Day Dawn Service in 2019.
In 2019 Damar was Head Girl of Broome Senior High. In Year 10 Damar was a school mentor taking a group of Year 7 students overseas to Japan. Damar became an ambassador for YOH Fest Australia through a performance gig at Broome Civic Centre.
Damar is highly passionate about the environment and the wellbeing of other animal species on earth. Her lifelong dream is to eradicate all abuse and cruelty towards animals, and to own an animal sanctuary to protect and preserve species in their natural habitat.
Damar is enjoying her next journey on stage with Bran Nue Dae travelling around Australia.
Tehya Jamieson is a talented 18 year old athlete.
Tehya recently graduated from Aranmore Catholic College where she was received the Sister Bernadine Daly award, for her commitment to Aboriginal heritage and culture, fostering positive relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members of the College and community, setting a high standard of conduct, contribution, and academic endeavours.
Tehya has consistently demonstrated her ability to stand out from the
crowd winning awards both at school and in the community for her contribution
to sport, musical performance and fine art.
Tehya embodies the athleticism and multicultural artistry of the active life style of her home town and musical family and began her performance career in 2012, with a lead role in the local musical production Staircase to the Moon.
Tehya is thrilled and privileged to be part of Bran Nue Dae as the 3rd generation of her family and excited to perform with and for family and many others around the country.
Dani Sib is proud Baad and Yawuru woman from the Kimberley in Western Australia. Inspired by the music of her uncles the Pigram Brothers, she started playing guitar when she was 8 years old and singing when she was 12. Her music reflects her experiences of navigating life through Naarm/Birraranga (Melb) as a young First Nations woman, where she has been performing since the age of 16.
She has participated in the Multicultural Arts Victoria Visible mentorship program for new and emerging artists and worked closely with well-known Melbourne folk/pop singer-songwriter Gossling.
Dani co-produced and presented BBQ: Blak, Beautiful and Queer, a music and performance night celebrating the deadly young queer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folk. She also produced Jirrmujina Liyan (Songs for Spirit) through Darebin's AMPLIFY program, presenting a full lineup of First Nations music.
Bran Nue Dae is the next step for Dani and a special one at that, as she has grown up listening to the songs and seeing the impact that the original production had on the Broome and wider Kimberley community.
Czack (Ses) Bero is a proud indigenous man from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. Born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland, Ses has always been immersed in tradition, surrounded by his grandparents practicing their culture performing in traditional ceremonies, celebrations and in everyday life.
Ses studied at NAISDA (National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association) where he completed his Diploma in Dance. Passionate about working with children, Ses held workshops in schools, community centres and at Youth Detention Centres.
In 2014 Ses was seconded to Bangarra Dance Theatre working with choreographer Stephen Page. He has since been a regular participant in Marrugeku’s Intense Choreographic Labs and has performed extensively for events, festivals and various clients including: World Youth Day Sydney, Woodford Dreaming Festival, CIAF, Message Sticks (SOH), Home Ground, Yarbun, Spirit Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Cruise liners, Schools, the Rugby World Cup, International Conventions, for Naidoc Week and Mabo Day.
Ses has worked with renown choreographers including Albert David, Rita Pryce, Gary Lang, Patrick Thaiday, Gale Mabo, Sani Townsend, Daniel Riley, Dion Hastie, Dalissa Pigram, Rachel Swain and Jecko Siompo.
Highlights include World Youth Day Sydney, farewell tribute to the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, WAAN Dance Festival 2016, Sing Sing at the Opera House and the Australian Dance Awards (2008 and 2013).
Bojesse is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from West Australia growing up between his hometowns Broome and Perth. Bojesse was raised in a musically rich family, and despite the “family business” it wasn’t until age 16 that Bojesse turned to music as an outlet for the “typical emotional rollercoaster that is adolescence”. Drawing from artists such as John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Jon Bellion, Bojesse is currently developing his sound and diving deep into the realm of music production and song writing. 2017 marked a huge event where Bojesse made it to the live finals and top 12 of The Voice Australia finishing 11th overall. He walked away from the whole experience with his glass half full having learnt a lot about the engine that drives massive TV productions and all its workings. In 2018 another learning experience presented for Bojesse relocating to Brisbane for music mentorship. Currently Bojesse is continuing to write new music whilst touring with Bran Nue Dae.
Born and raised in the rich cultural melting pot of Broome, Taj Jamieson is a proud first nations Australian of Yawuru, Wadjarri, Pitjantjatjara, Noongar, Filipino, Scottish and English descent.
At the tender age of nine Taj quickly embraced his artistic heritage playing guitar and moving on to the big stage in the Marrugeku Dance projects production titled Buru travelling to Arizona and Canada.
No stranger to film Taj has appeared in a number of tv commercials, the SBS production The Circuit and in 2014 starred in the short film High Tide written and directed by Dot and Kimberley West.
Taj wants to be known for his art and music and aspirers to perform around the world.
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