About Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo
Enthralling and engaging, the Diramu Aboriginal performers are a traditional Aboriginal didgeridoo and dance troupe, made up of the former members of the very popular and successful Yidaki
Didge and Dance.
Lead by Aboriginal elder Walangari Karntawarra, the members of Diramu are all seasoned, professional Aboriginal performers who have delighted and entertained audiences for over 20 years.
Their traditional dances, Dreamtime story telling, masterful didgeridoo music and song are a vibrant and captivating way of showcasing our rich Indigenous culture to overseas visitors and
the general Australian public.
The Diramu Aboriginal Performers take great pride in their work and have a well-earned reputation within the corporate, tourism, educational and government sectors.
They are continuing the high standard of work of the much loved and respected founder of Yidaki Didge and Dance, the late Les Saxby and their important role as entertainers and educators.
The word Diramu means tree in the language of the Darug clan of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of Sydney. Diramu symbolises strength and knowledge. A tree provides
food, shelter and many of the tools and implements used in our traditional life including boomerangs, canoes and didgeridoos.
The multi talented Walangari Karntawarra is an Arrernte Aboriginal elder from Alice Springs who lives and works in Sydney. He is an international award winning, contemporary “Western Desert” painter as well as an accomplished musician and performer.
Walangari enthrals audiences with his wonderful stage presence as a didge player and dancer. He is an eloquent and captivating public speaker, has two university degrees and has run his own
very popular cross-cultural course.
Totally at ease in front of the camera, Walangari had a credited roll in the movie “Oscar and Lucinda”. His own life and work have featured in numerous Australian and international publications and television shows, from “Good Morning Seoul” to the National Geographic’s “Sacred Skin”.
As a musician, he has performed in many diverse venues from Paris nightclubs to the World Tattoo Convention in Frankfurt.
His current band The Black Turtles play large concerts like “Yabun” and the “Dreaming Festival”.
He also dances and plays the didgeridoo with his traditional performance troupe, Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo.
In 2010 Walangari was voted the “Deadly Visual Artist of the Year”.
Walangari is a much sought after performer and teacher of Aboriginal Art and Culture and is a joy to work with.