10th June 2022
J U N G A J I announces his first art exhibition, ‘JUNUMUNDUNGAL’ and his new live music concert
– Sunday 26th June @ QMC Bemac Live from 11am – 2.30pm.
Jungaji (formerly Troy Brady), invites the community to the official launch of his *Junumundungal Art Exhibition @ QMC, 102 Main St, Kangaroo Point.
Jungaji is a modern day song man and visual artist who is one of only a small group of Australian First Nations, fluent Gu gu Yalanji speakers and song man left in the world today. The continuation of that sacred ancient law is an integral responsibility for Jungaji in terms of documenting his people’s stories through visual art landscapes, theatre and his love of music and storytelling of all those intimate learnings over a period of twenty years, sitting with his elders, but more importantly his exchange with their last ancient one, old man Babi Wawu, an exchange between a 14 year old, urbanised (Inala), Murri boy and a 106 year old bush man in 1991 was the catalyst for the evolution of Jungaji.
Jungaji is also a passionate advocate around raising awareness and illuminating the systemic disease that is ‘LUPUS’. Jungaji has been a warrior and has been unambiguously battling this autoimmune disease for over 23 years, over that period he has courageously overcome two strokes, two heart attacks, multiple open heart surgeries, with frequent visits to hospitals. Jungaji understands intimately the sacred balance and respect between the 2 worlds and their respective medicinal, healing and therapeutic approaches.
Jungaji is also profoundly passionate about highlighting this blight that is mental health and the high rates of suicides within our communities. Having been personally impacted recently by this unspeakable trauma that is the (Black Dog), only places more emphasis of the many sacred cultural teachings in terms of responding to and navigating through deep grief and healing which enables a deeper understanding and purpose in making positive lifestyle choices to ensure a better quality of life, is a testimony and fellowship he proudly shares through his stories.
Jungaji carry’s his cultural spears strong and takes his spiritual initiation as a modern day Bama (First Nations) story man seriously within the many differing artistic landscapes that he shares his life’s journey through holistic existence and therapeutic approaches. The natural transformation from Troy Brady to Jungaji has been a lifetime of hard living, he is a multidisciplinary seasoned creative, who’s extremely excited about the opportunity to showcase his new visual art works alongside his thirty years as a performing live and recording musician and songwriter. Come on the Sunday 26th of June to hear Jungaji and his band with beautifully crafted new songs, performed for the first time, before he goes into the studio to record his full length album (to be released in 2023).
Samoan Talking High Chief and EDM, Cultural musician, Taitu’uga Kitch and his band will be the opening special guest performers along with the Heilani Dance Group.
Jungaji has also launched this week, for the Art Exhibition, a new Creative Art Space with his ART SHOP online. You can now order his art reproductions of his original paintings in a range of sizes and prices. https://jungaji.com/
Jundumundungal Art Exhibition (free event)
12th of June – 31st July 2022
Sunday 26th of June 2022 @ Bemac Live (Jungaji performs with his band and Taitu’uga Kitch)
Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC), 102 Main St, Kangaroo Point (under the Story Bridge). FREE Parking available in streets surrounding the venue.
*Jundumundungal (in Gu Gu Yalanji language) means ‘Joining Together’
For interviews and media:
Contact – Greg Dodge
0415 282 399