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18 ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 The brilliant artist, producer and activist, Monkey Marc, is bringing his Vital Sound album launch right here to Mparntwe/Alice Springs on October 12 at the Gap View Hotel for the Desert Festivals final official event of the year. The 7500-kilometre desert trip was ignited by his passion to share with an area so special to him, something of his own. Monkey Marc works out of a solarpowered recording studio in a repurposed shipping container in Melbourne, Australia. His signature sound comes from his lovingly maintained collection of rare and iconic studio gear, including classic synthesisers, effects units, vintage drum machines, tape delays, old reverb units and a vintage BBC mixing console, giving his music soul and warmth. So far, Monkey has come from Melbourne, up through South Australia, stopping off to say Gday to Spuds Roadhouse in Pimba to pay homage to the site he first purchased the secondhand fuel tank that he converted to run on vegetable oil one of the first vegetable oil engine conversions in Australia ever! Then onto Coober Pedy where Rider Shafique arrived straight from the UK. Talk about an introduction to the desert. Next up were workshops and tunes in Ampilatwatja, Elliot and Ali Curung before landing here, then heading onto Papunya and Santa Teresa afterwards. Born in Cardiff, Wales, Monkey Marcs passion for music and social change has sparked a lifetime of musical adventure. Originally working as a geologist in outback Australian gold mines, Monkey got his name from his mining job that required climbing high up into dangerous areas of the mineshafts. After several near-death accidents, he switched to a lifetime of music and activism. Monkey spent years roaming the Australian desert as a pioneering political activist and running a solar-powered sound system at the frontline of blockades and protests around Australia. His punk activist background drives him to make music with a message. Monkey says, I believe in the power of music to educate, inspire and change peoples perspectives. He has performed in festivals throughout the Globe including Glastonbury and Central Australias own Wide Open Space. Monkey will not only be joined by Rider Shafique on this tour, but also by charismatic grimehall rapper Fyah Roiall from Kingston, Jamaica. Fyah Roiall is Jamaicas most unique voice in hip hop, with most on the island being entirely reggae or dancehall, he effortlessly brings hip hop and Jamaican culture together with references to the origins of black political hip hop. With his artistic voice being born from his sharp political mind and social consciousness, Fyah Roiall is inspired by the creativity of early Jamaican reggae and dancehall music, and excited by his Jamaican brothers and sisters in the UK diaspora leading the grime, garage and dubstep scenes. Rider Shafique is an acclaimed vocalist and poet from Gloucester, UK. Described by UKF as one of the most vital voices in MC culture. He brings together the post-hip hop polyrhythms of the UK-Caribbean, and an understated, elegant way with melody, combining righteous dancehall with an erudite political awareness and a sound system culture message. Rider has worked with the most well-known producers and record labels in the electronic music scene, including Swindle, Kahn, Submotion Orchestra, Author, J. Sparrow, Sam Binga, Gantz, O$VMV$M, Ishan Sound, Deep Medi, Critical Music and Navy Cut. The Vital Sound album features an impressive line-up of some of Jamaicas most legendary artists and rising stars, so expect a dancefloor-pumping excursion through Monkey Marcs signature blend of hip hop, reggae, dub, dancehall and bass music with the album launch at the Gap View Hotel. Pre-sale tickets are on-sale now for $20-$25 at www.desfest.com with door sale tickets at $35. redhotarts.com.au Monkey Marc Gorilla Solar Studio. Picture: FRANCESCO VICENZI Brilliance in Alice JEN STANDISH-WHITE CENTRED ON ARTS Monkey Marc, Rider Shafique & Fyah Roiall. Artwork: ROBIN CLARE THE bump and grind of the Australian Australian Burlesque Festival will be bringing something new to Alice Springs audiences next week. Burlesque will be presented in all its forms including Bump & Grind, Classic, Neo Burlesque and of course some Boylesque for the first time ever with the amazing Chris Oh! Also, Alice Springs performers The Desert Diamonds will be performing twice a night after having returned from Melbourne where they performed in front of a rapturous and excited crowd. year anniversary touring Australia, Australian burlesque is renowned internationally for it unique array of theatrical, glamorous and avant-garde styles performed by exceptionally talented entertainers. The 2019 Australian Burlesque Festival is a unique theatrical experience with dancers from around the world and across Australia. SILA CROSLEY JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL OPENING AND SCREENING EVERY DAY A GOOD DAY Friday 5.30pm start Alice Springs Cinema Free, bookings essential at desfest.com CHEEKY DOCS, WESTERN DESERT TOUR Friday 5.30-9.30pm Whitegums Entry by donation NOURISHING TERRAINS: MARK TREDINNICK IN CONVERSATION Friday 6.30-7.30pm Red Hot Arts, 67 Bath Street Entry by donation JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING MIRAI Saturday 2-3.30pm Alice Springs Cinema Entry free, but bookings essential at desfest.com JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING DADS LUNCHBOX Saturday 4pm Alice Springs Cinema Entry free, but bookings essential at desfest.com THE RED WRITING WORKSHOP WITH MARK TREDINNICK Saturday 9am-1pm Red Hot Arts, 67 Bath Street $30-$40 WHATS ON A singing and dancing extravaganza, featuring songs from Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and more! TOMORROW, 8pM ARAluen ARTs CenTRe Burlesque is back STEVE MENZIES firstname.lastname@example.org The Desert Diamonds really did Alice Springs proud in Melbourne and festival dancers and officials cant wait to see the new acts they have developed specifically for the Alice Springs shows. Diamonds co-founder Sila Crosley said the trio was nervous before their first interstate performance in front of a packed audience. There was really good applause at the end, she said. We were different to the other acts in the festival. For the Alice Springs show we will be acts that we have done before but have developed them further. The Australian Burlesque Festival is celebrating its 10 Audiences have delighted in the sensational talent on offer with glamorous tease, exciting neo-burlesque and more exotic seduction than they can handle. Before the performances on Wednesday, the festival headliners will be running workshops on Tuesday. The Desert Diamonds, a self-funded dance group, will be fundraising at the Rock Bar tonight. Australian Burlesque Festival will be on stage at Montes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Book tickets for the show and a place at the workshops online at the Australian Burlesque Festival web page. WE WILL BE ACTS THAT WE HAVE DONE BEFORE BUT HAVE DEVELOPED THEM FURTHER