Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse Announce Release New Album KALYAKOORL
Winners, 2013 WA Music Industry (WAMi) Awards Indigenous Act of the Year, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse are excited to be launching their much anticipated album on Friday April 4 at the Fly By Night Musicians Club in Fremantle. Titled Kalyakoorl (which means Forever), this album is a glorious journey into the incredibly rare and beautiful Noongar language. Kalyakoorl is brimming with evocative, beautifully crafted songs and showcases the jaw dropping combination of Guy's guitar mastery and Gina's incredible voice.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Crank Studios with Lee Buddle (Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, Katie Noonan, Joni in the Moon), Kalyakoorl is informed by four principles; Koort (Heart), Moort (Family), Boodja (Land) and Koorlangka (children and legacy). Kalyakoorl features the extraordinary talents of Russell Holmes (Piano), Roy Martinez (Bass), Arunachala Satgunasingam (Percussion) and introduces Gina's daughters Lauren and Bella McGill (backing vocals).
Gina and Guy are rapidly gaining attention as the rare act that is able to capture the hearts and imagination of an audience, to connect deeply through the power of song. You know when it happens, there's that magical moment when a hush falls over the room. You can feel it, and you know you know that it's special. It's even more special when it's in a completely different language. Yet that's exactly what this duo have been doing with audiences all over. You don't need to understand the words, we all know love, loss and joy, it means the same in anyone's language.
Gina is a proud Balladong daughter, one of the 14 clan groups which make up the Noongar nation. She also has links, through her grandmother to the Kitja people of the East Kimberley region of WA. Her grandmother was removed from Halls Creek and eventually brought down to Mogumber mission, never to return to her homeland. Gina's music draws from a deep well of recent WA and an even deeper personal history. By official records, Noongar language is critically endangered (less than 250 full speakers left). Her mother and grandmother, both part of the stolen generations were never allowed to speak their languages. Gina wasn't stolen, but was relinquished as a baby for adoption, and for her, writing and singing beautiful songs in Noongar language is a personal mission.