15 September 2018
Building on their international touring acclaim, B2M (Bathurst to Melville), are embarking on their first major national tour as they showcase their new album with its unique blend of contemporary and traditional sound. Mamanta – meaning ‘friend’ in Tiwi – is a pumping RnB performance, Tiwi style!
In an historic show of support from the Tiwi Elders, B2M have gained permission to use traditional Tiwi chants and blend them with modern musical elements. If you’ve never had an opportunity to travel to the Tiwi Islands before, this show is sure to take you on an illuminating and uplifting journey.
Hailed as "Australia's answer to the Backstreet Boys" (Huffington Post), this unique boyband will bring you a rare insight into their island culture delivered with their trademark wit, musicality and charm.
B2M is a seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands, 80km north of Darwin, where the Arafura Sea meets the Timor Sea in the Northern Territory. Formed in late December 2004, B2M are strong Tiwi cultural leaders who write, sing and perform music that transcends cultural, social and geographic boundaries.
The band's debut album, Home, is unique and infectious, filled with beats, chants and harmonies that showcase their ability to carry a positive image of their people and culture through music. Holding role model status in their community and becoming ambassadors in a broader Australian and international landscape, B2M have performed extensively throughout WA and the NT, China, East Timor and most recently, Ireland.
B2M Musicians - Shelton Murray, Greg Orsto, Fabian Kantilla, Daniel Cunningham, Damien Narul, Darren Narul and Jeffrey Simon.
Producer - Skinnyfish Music
Director - Rob Collins
Music Co-Producers and Collaborators - Michael Hohnen & James Mangohig
Multi-media Creator - Juno Aragon
Tour Coordinator - Artback NT
Warning: This performance includes strobe lighting and haze effects.
Presented by Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.
"audiences responded to their catchy songs with overwhelming gusto." - The Guardian
"Home is, in the main, an uplifting, congenial debut album from a band that deserve much wider attention." - The Guardian
"treating the audience to dance and music that mostly talked about love and issues facing young people" - ABC Radio