Tilly Tjala Thomas

Music

Mentorship with Memphis LK

Memphis LK will mentor me in songwriting and digital recording skills over five days. I will use these skills to develop an EP that includes my Nukunu language (Aboriginal language from the Southern Flinders Ranges).

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I am a sixteen year old singer songwriter that has been writing and performing my original music since 2014, including at major events like the National Folk Festival. Through working with my role model Memphis LK, I am wanting to improve my songwriting and develop digital composition skills so that I can record an EP that features Nukunu language (my Aboriginal language from the Southern Flinders Ranges). Donations will help to cover mentorship fees, travel and accommodation. The mentorship intensive will occur between January 20-25 2020 and Memphis LK will provide ongoing support as I develop the EP throughout the year.

The EP featuring Nukunu language will be the first of its kind on the planet and will hopefully help to maintain and develop Nukunu language.

This project is important because I am one of few young Aboriginal artists in South Australia who are gaining regular performance opportunities and I want to further develop my own style of music and expand my range of material. The project is also important as through recording Nukunu language as part of my songwriting, I will develop language skills that will assist other people to maintain and develop this threatened language. If people help me to gain these skills I will be able to share them with other young people, particularly Aboriginal youth in regional and remote communities that I have connection with through family and friends. I am asking for $3700 to cover fees, travel and accommodation costs. If fundraising target is exceeded, additional funds will go towards production of the EP.

The donations will be used to pay Memphis LK for her mentorship and use of her recording studio, travel from Adelaide to Melbourne, and accommodation for the week. The end result will be an EP that will be finalised by the end of the year and broadcast through Aboriginal radio stations. I will also perform these new songs live during 2020. People will be able to follow my progress via social media platforms such as instagram, facebook and youtube, and I will do interviews with Aboriginal radio including Umeewarra Media Port Augusta and Radio Adelaide Nunga Wangga.

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Tilly Tjala Thomas

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SA

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Music

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16 year old singer songwriter Tilly Tjala Thomas commenced performing her original music in 2014, busking at the Willunga Farmers Market.

Shortly after her first busking session Tilly was invited to perform at a range of music and cultural events, and has since performed at the National Folk Festival and some of South Australia’s premier events including the Adelaide Fringe Festival Garden of Unearthly Delights, the Desert Fringe prior to Archie Roach’s performance, Survival Day, and the increasingly popular Stone Pony folk sessions.

Tilly is inspired by her Nukunu culture and her music is driven by folk, country and indie pop.

Writing strong and melodic songs that provide insight into human emotion, and alert audiences to pressing world issues, and those particularly important to youth, is one of her goals.

Tilly aspires to have Triple J radio play.

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