D Days
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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018
  • Fri 6 Apr 2018
  • Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
  • Festival 2018
  • Free

Fresh Voices of the Commonwealth

Experience the kaleidoscopic perspectives of the Commonwealth in a night bursting with African hip hop beats, danceable ska rhythms and hauntingly beautiful voices.

India's buoyant The Ska Vengers delivers a refreshing, energetic and highly danceable blend of ska rhythms, dub, punk, jazz and rap. Legendary award-winning Ghanaian rapper M.anifest plays with pure African grooves and current hip hop trends as he draws from his Ghanaian upbringing and his sojourns in the West.

Australian musician and composer David Bridie, celebrated Papua New Guinean songman George Telek and other Tolai musicians present their unique collaboration, performing songs from the highly acclaimed album 'a Bit na Ta'.

The night also features a special screening of Uncommon: the short documentaries commissioned by filmmakers across the Commonwealth for Festival 2018. There is also a special performance by Soweto Skeleton Movers.

"A thoroughly gorgeous PNG-Aussie collaboration." SONGLINES on George Telek and David Bridie in collaboration.

"They are one of the most exciting musical aggregations to have emerged out of the Indian underground in a long, long time definitely one of the select few who hold the keys to the future of Indian rock & roll." NME India on Ska Vengers.

"This band encapsulates every brilliant and creative musician in India." BBC Asian Network.

Ska Vengers

The Ska Vengers is a Delhi based band who blend rhythms with elements of dub, punk, jazz and rap to come up with a form of music that is refreshingly different, energetic and highly danceable.

Known for introducing socially relevant themes in their songs, their recently concluded UK Summer Tour 2017 turned many heads, and brought them on the international charts, garnering accolades all over. The Ska Vengers also performed for 2,000 inmates inside South Asia’s largest jail, Tihar in 2012. The group received nominations for MTV VMAI 2013 best group and best music video and GiMA awards for best debut, best pop album and best single categories. They won special jury prize for best Indian band at LIVE Quotient Awards 2013.

In 2015 the band were nominated as best band for their most recent video Frank Brazil at VH1 Europe Music Awards in the international artist category.


M.anifest has been shifting the status quo of the African music scene since his arrival. Known for his signature sound that marries traditional African sounds to Hip Hop sensibilities, he is an award-winning artist from Accra, Ghana.

a Bit na Ta (George Telek and David Bridie)

The album 'a Bit na Ta' is a culmination of a deep friendship between Melbourne composer-producer David Bridie and Tolai superstar George Telek. Their 30-year collaboration bore first fruit when David's band, 'Not Drowning Wavin'g, went to Rabaul to make Tabaran, the landmark 'world music' album acclaimed by David Byrne and Peter Gabriel in the early 1990s.

'a Bit na Ta' is a musical immersion in the history, culture and spiritual essence of the unique region of New Guinea; a journey of sublime filmic atmospheres, exhilarating acoustic energy and timeless devotion to a place buffeted by world wars, political unrest and natural disasters.

Session times:
Ska Vengers: 10pm - 11pm
M.anifest: 8.40pm - 9.40pm
Soweto Skeleton Movers 8.10pm - 8.30pm
A Bit na Ta: 7pm - 8pm
Uncommon film screening: 6.20pm - 7pm

Fri 6 Apr 2018
Fri 6 Apr, 07:00pm - 11:00pm
Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

-27.9979378, 153.4306901

Surfers Paradise Esplanade
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Accessibility information

The Main Stage is located on the sand, but can be viewed from The Esplanade. 


George Telek and David Bridie Supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Emmanual Bobbie, M.anifest image credit.