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Tjaka have got us moving to the rhythm of the Didg

Following hot on the footsteps of Baker Boy, Tjaka are blending traditional ancestral influences with a groundbreaking new blend of an electronic and hip-hop fusion on this absolute banger of a tune, ‘Break It Down’.

Tjaka is an abbreviation of Tjakamarra, the skin name given to the two Fabila brothers Geoff and Jake, who are proud descendants of the Jabirr Jabirr tribe in the Western Australian Kimberley. Together with family friend and guitar virtuoso Felix Fogarty, they are Tjaka, and their vision is to create music that mixes influences of the past with modern sounds and storytelling.

A didgeribone (a slide didjeridoo, similar to a trombone) drone introduces us to the track along with a rhythmic baseline. Not long after the percussion kicks in and the vocals kick in at a rapid pace. The lyrics connect the Fabila brothers’ Indigenous roots, and with some impressive rapping skills, command attention and give an instant boost of adrenaline. Featuring bold didjeribone swells, high-energy electronic beats, and a lot of attitude.

Tjaka elaborates:

“Lyrically and instrumentally, we aimed to draw the connection from the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ ways of creating music with the sound of the didjeridoo/yidaki. The overall sound of this song is one of the first results of years of experimentation with the didjeribone, the Face-Bass and Ableton software creating the ever-evolving ‘Tjaka’ sound.”

To celebrate the release of their show stopping new single ‘Break It Down’, Tjaka will be playing 5 shows across QLD and Northern NSW – more information below:

Tjaka Upcoming Shows

2-4 September – Jungle Love Festival – Imbil

16 September – Solbar – Sunshine Coast*

17 September – Bearded Lady – Brisbane*

23 September – Mo’s Desert Clubhouse – Gold Coast**

*Supported by Endless Valley, Dizzy Days, Hemingway

**Supported by above bands and Lotus Ship


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