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Sandrayati Fay (Indonesia)

Born with Filipino/Irish-American roots and raised on the islands of Bali and Java in Indonesia, Sandrayati Fay is a performer, inviting you to experience a spirited journey in the language of her truth, traveling beyond boundaries through music. The pure nature of her songs are captivating stories that spiral around identity, environmental and human rights, and love – expressed by the ethereal texture of her voice shifting between languages, and her intimate guitar playing.

After studying theatre at Emerson College and vocal performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, Sandrayati has rooted back in Indonesia and in the past year has performed and collaborated with Indonesian legend musicians and activists Iwan Fals and Sawung Jabo and balinese bands Nosstress, Superman is Dead and Navicula as well as weaving her own music alive in her solo songwriting and performing. Sandrayati just released a Live EP, recorded in one day, called ‘Bahasa Hati’, ‘the Language of the Heart’. A total of 9 tracks, 6 songs with 3 tracks of poems and sounds of nature. Performing with raw honesty, Sandrayati is known to immerse her audience in a state that is both healing and empowering – leaving time standing still and hearts hanging by a thread. Just as the Moon sways the tide, Sandrayati sways her audience with her repertoire of sounds, allowing them to discover the depths of their own oceans; creating a transformational and soul-filling experience

The Village Idiots

The Village Idiots is a band that evolved from Banda RR, a collaborative project among NGO workers/musicians to write and perform songs and promote music as a tool/platform for community organizing and education. For 20 years, and through different lineup changes, the band has continued to write and perform songs rooted in both personal and political struggles and aspirations. The Village Idiots has contributed songs and been involved in a number of collaborative projects including the compilation albums Rock against the Round (2005), Stand Up against Poverty (2006), and Huling Balita (Songs for the Disappeared, 2008). They are members of the Asian Movement for People’s Music (AMP3) Collective.

Chi Suwichan

Chi Suwicahn is Karen musician, composer and activist. Using the unique sound of the ethnic musical instrument the Tehnaku he fuses indigenous music and contemporary social themes. Chi has produced 4 albums: Mountqin Forest Burds (2003), Seeds of the Mountain with Ban Jum Mueang Yen Project (2006), Tena and Fiends with Community Forest (2008), and Ta-Ti Ta-Taw (2012). His book I am Tehnaku was the winner of the 1st Karen Global Fellowship Award (Traditional Music and Culture Category).

Ae Niti’Kul (NITITHORN THONGTHIRAKUL) and Pakapol Kornkrano (Thailand)

Ae and Pik are Thai people’s artist using music as a tool for social change. Ae has written and published songs about human rights, gender issues, natural resource & environment conservation, human trafficking, homelessness, and child rights among others. Pik composes songs for television.

Bong Ramilo

Bong Ramilo is a Filipino-Australian musician based in Darwin, Australia. Bong is the recipient of the 2018 Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development. He was part of the people’s theatre movement and wrote songs for the democracy movement during the Marcos dictatorship before migrating to Australia in 1986; he has worked with Filipino and other communities across Australia as a community-based artist since then. Bong is a member of the Asian Movement for People’s Music.

Jess Santiago

Jesús Manuel Santiago or Jess Santiago is a Filipino male poet, songwriter, singer-composer, protest musician and translator. He is also known affectionately as “Koyang.” Regarded as one of the pioneers of the people’s music movement in the country, he was co-founder and executive director of Musika Philippines, a resource center for people’s music. He co-organized the Musicians for Peace, an association of songwriters and musicians involved with the people’s movement. He has previously recorded two albums of his own songs, Halina (1991) and Obando (1993). He wrote and recorded The Village, the anthem of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural, and United World. Jess spearheads the Asian Movement for People’s Music (AMP3)collective which is working to build a regional network of socially-engaged musicians.

Tony Amaral

is a visual artist. He was born in East Timor in 1984 and grew up in Dili through the Indonesian occupation.  Tony joined Arte Moris Free Art School in Dili in 2002 as one of the first students of the school. His work hangs in the Presidential Palace in Dili, East Timor.  In 2008 he was awarded a scholarship to study art at The National Art School in Sydney, Australia. He attained a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2011. He was also awarded the Chroma Prize for Painting in his final year. He gave his first solo show in Dili in October 2011. It was the first solo exhibition by a Timorese artist in Timor and was received with critical acclaim. In 2012 he gave his first solo exhibition in Sydney At The Vanishing Point gallery in Newtown. He also participated in the 15th Asian Biennale in Bangladesh.  Growing up in a country under occupation has had a profound influence on Tony which he expresses through his art.  (from http://www.animatismart.com/exchange/)

Etson Caminha

Visual artist and musician Etson Caminha has a dynamic background as a performer, educator and collaborator.  A prominent member of the Timorese artistic community, Etson has developed a number of stomp bands, created numerous murals and works of street art, and composed for theatre, dance and airlines.  His oil, acrylic and airbrush paintings have been exhibited in Australia and Europe, many commissioned by NGOs, international artists and former president Jose Ramos-Horta. Etson often plays the role of educator in both music and art, curating group works in Dili and rural areas of Timor while drawing participants from local youth and community groups to develop works in promotion of peace.  (from http://www.animatismart.com/exchange/)