Traditional Dance and Song
World-Class Didgeridoo Player
Hip-Hop Dancer and Teacher
Aboriginal Visual Art
Artefacts and Weaponry
Master of Ceremonies
Contemporary Indigenous Dance
Darren is a proud descendent of Yugembeh, Munanjali/Minjunbal and Gamillraay nations of the mainland, and the Mer people of the Torres Strait Islands. Born and raised in Bankstown Sydney, Daz is a proficient yiggi yiggi (didgeridoo) player, a visual artist/craftsman and a multi-skilled Indigenous performer and dancer in both traditional and hip-hop dance. Darren has been dancing since the age of 13 and has performed in over 5000 shows across Australia, from remote communities to urban corporate functions. Darren’s cultural back bone was solidified with The Doonooch Dance Company who are one of the world's premier traditional Aboriginal dance companies. They are the dynamic result of the self-healing program begun in 1998 by Bobby McLeod (dec). Tradition, culture and ceremony inspire and define The Doonooch Dance Company and this has been passed onto Darren who has also performed internationally, travelling to over 24 countries representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.
CULTURAL TEACHERS, LEADERS AND ADVISORS
UNCLE BOBBY MCLEOD (dec)
YUGEMBEH MUNUNJALI MINJUNGBAL
UNCLE MAGPIE CURRIE
UNCLE MATTHEW DOYLE
AUNTY GAIL MABO
Traditional Aboriginal Dance
Dion Compton s a Proud descendent of Yugembeh, Munanjali/Minjunbal and Gamillraay nations of the mainland, and the Mer people of the Torres Strait Islands.
A proficient dancer and visual artists Dion has been dancing along side he's older brothers Darren and Michael since the age of 5.
As a younger Indigenous man living in Sydney he believes culture keeps him level and is important to his everyday life.
Hip Hop Dancer/Teacher
Michael Compton is a Proud descendent of Yugembeh, Munanjali/Minjunbal and Gamillraay nations of the mainland, and the Mer people of the Torres Strait Islands.
Mike has danced along side his brother Darren since they were young.
He believes passing down his cultural knowledge to the younger generations is important as they are the ones who will keep it alive.
Rap and Hip Hop Workshops
Kobie is a proud Gamillraay man from Moree Far North Western NSW and was born and raised in Maroubra, Sydney.
He takes immense pride in his culture and believes cultural preservation is key to keeping our culture alive through passing it down to the next generation.
When he's not dancing he is writing stories through his musical talents or recording them in the studio.
He is a NSW Featherweight champion boxer and currently holds the title.
Born in Cairns, Jax is a proud Wuthathi (Aboriginal) woman from East Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. She is also a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with family ties to Thursday, Badu and Moa Islands. Jax completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and also studied at NAISDA Dance College. Jax has vast experience and extensive skills as a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and event host.
WUTHATHI & THURSDAY ISLAND
CAIRNS, DARWIN & THURSDAY ISLAND
UNCE NOEL ZARO
UNCLE PERCY JACKONIA (dec)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Dance
Indigenous Comporary Dancer and Chorepgrapher
Luke is a descendant of the Kuku Yalanji and Djabugay peoples, the Mununjali Clan of South East QLD, the Butchulla clan of Fraser Island and the Meriam people of the Eastern Torres Straits Islands.
Luke's passion for dance began in 2002 whilst traditional dancing with Gerib Sik Torres Strait Islander Dance Group with his family in Canberra and his first introduction to contemporary dance came as a member of QL2.
Luke studied dance at NAISDA Dance College and in 2010 commenced a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2012 Luke appeared in Wesley Enoch's I Am Eora for Sydney Festival and later that year joined Bangarra Dance Theatre.
From 2012 to 2018 Luke was a company dancer in Bangarra showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture around the world. Highlights include performing in remote communities (Yirrkala, Thursday Island and Mer Is), performing Black from Ochres to a sold out theatre in New York City and being a part of the 25th anniversary on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.
Luke continues to explore different avenues to represent and showcase his culture. In 2019 Luke was the host of ‘Pay the Rent’, a short documentary about reparations in Australia produced by Buzzfeed Australia. He has also modelled for Indigenous designer Grace Lillian Lee as a part of the Reigning Men: Fashion in menswear at the Powerhouse Museum. He is currently a member of Muggera, a traditional Aboriginal dance group based in Sydney, is a sessional teacher at NAISDA and will commence as a mentor with Aurora Foundation later this year.
Luke aspires to be a role model for young people both Indigenous and non- Indigenous to show them they can be, and do all things.
Aboriginal Traditional Dance
Rap and Hip-hop
Nooky isn’t likely to jump on the bandwagon, he is more likely to steal the bandwagon, do doughies up and down the Main Street before cruising back out to Nowra to fire bomb it then chill with the cuzzo’s.
NOOKY is the illegitimate love child of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Xena WarriorPrincess. Nowra-born and Sydney-based, the proud Yuin man is an unsubtle mix of class andstreet, Nooky has risen through the ranks on the back of energetic live shows andintricate wordplay, imbued with truth and (dad joke) humour.
Drawing upon his upbringing as a proud Yuin man, Nooky spits country grammar andeffortlessly brings his blackness to the stage.
The Australia Council awarded Nooky the Dreaming Award in 2016 and the artist is due torelease his debut project via Briggs’ record label Bad Apples Music in 2018. As amultidisciplinary artist, Nooky has produced bangers for Caiti Baker, Birdz andTasman Keith.
Nooky gives you himself, as a person, every show. Ain’t no gimmicks with The Nook. Itis what you see, it is what you get! He is THAT black, he does eat devon and chips, hedoes swear a lot, he will 1800mumdad you off a payphone, he will speak the truth, hewill challenge perception, he will make you laugh, he might make you cry, he will getyour ass moving, and he will definitely crush any microphone he gets his hands on!Guaranteed!
Nooky is the cousin you will claim, even if it’s just because your cousin got married upwith one of his cousins!! Basically, everyone wants to be related to Nooky, coz he isTHAT dope!
A proud Biripi, Worimi and Wiradjuri man, Josh grew up in Bathurst NSW. His cultural and art journey started when he was in high school. He was always involved with any cultural events- dancing, playing the didgeridoo and mentoring programs. Josh was always a good drawer, in class he would just sit up the back and draw mainly graffiti and tattoo designs. However, his series of work for his year 12 was all about identity and finding his identity through traditional art and looking through his family history. Josh was awarded first place in his school for HSC art. Fast forward now to 2019 , Josh has been lucky enough to have designed Oztag, AFL and Rugby League Indigenous jerseys, created logos for business, have art hanging in many business receptions and have murals in schools across Sydney. His proudest achievement is teaching others and sharing his story and cultural through workshops and education programs. He is inspired by his family, mostly by his great Uncles and Aunties as they are successful artists. His goal for the future is to have his own art exhibitions and start his own gallery and have his art, not just in Australia, but all over the world. Josh wants to continue to learn and keep culture strong so he can share it with the next generations.
A proud Yuin man (South Coast, NSW), Brock Tutt is passionate about cultural preservation, respecting cultural knowledge and becoming a future leader in the community. Brock has danced and performed with Uncle Matthew Doyle and alongside The Doonooch Dance Company over his career. For over a decade, Brock has performed all over Australia and internationally, solidifying his cultural strengths and knowledge while expanding his skills in delivering workshops with the wider community. Brock is committed to preserving his culture and is excited to do this through the Muggera family.
Isaac a Wiradjuri and Yugembeh, Munanjali/Minjunbal man from Dubbo and Tweed Heads.
He is a singer/song-writer and guitarist and has been playing professionally for 8 years.
Isaac is currently the Song Man for Muggera (but also dances).
Isaac says he “like’s longs walks on the beach, prefers a good book over a good movie and cooks a mean parmy!”