Brother and sister hip hop artists Joel and Naomi Wenitong perform at the Peace Festival.
Brother and sister hip hop artists Joel and Naomi Wenitong perform at the Peace Festival. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Festival hosts array of talent

FROM hip hop to rock'n'roll, and blues to folk music – the Warwick Peace Festival had it all.

Crowds gathered around the stage for the entire weekend to revel in the music of various performers from all over Queensland and New South Wales.

Hip hop band The Last Kinection, comprised of brother and sister duo Naomi and Joel Wenitong and DJ Jay Tee, was one of the acts that proved most popular.

Singer Naomi is formerly one half of group Shakaya, which enjoyed success with the single Stop Calling Me in 2002.

Co-ordinator and performer Roger Knox said he was ecstatic to see performers of such a high calibre travel to Warwick to take part in the show.

“I am really happy with what is happening. We have the best quality entertainment and most talented performers here and it is a great thing for Warwick,” he said.

“Usually if you want to see performers like we have here you have to go to the big cities.”

Mr Knox, a celebrated musician in the Aboriginal community, took the stage at the weekend, as did his son Buddy and grandsons Googoorewon and Teangi.

Mr Knox said incorporating such a diverse program of high-quality indigenous performers into the festival attracted people of all ages and from all over.

“Music brings people together and this festival is all positive,” Mr Knox said.

“It's for everyone. It doesn't matter if they are young people or old people.

“The music is focused on healing and a strong family connection.”

Peace Festival organiser Ruth Power said it was exciting to have Aboriginal music and art as such a large part of the program for this year's event.



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