Djuki Mala set for Bundaberg performance


An exciting performance that has been taking traditional Indigenous dance to the world is set to wow Bundaberg audiences when Djuki Mala performs on 29 May.

Fresh from sold-out shows across North America and Europe, Djuki Mala is arriving in Bundaberg next month.

The heart-warming show will hit the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre stage on 29 May and is sure to bring a smile to the faces of audience members.

From traditional Indigenous form to full-on krumping, Djuki Mala’s entertaining show is a whirlwind journey through dance. And what a crazy fairground ride it is!

Performer Djapana Wunungmurra said the show allowed him to dance his culture and “tell them who we are and where we come from”.

“When I was little I watched my family dance traditional, cultural dance,” Djapana said.

“Then I started to dance like them.

“We love to dance.”

Djuki Mala mix of comedy, cabaret, and music

From the get-go their enthusiasm is contagious. Coloured umbrellas spin and body glitter flashes as the four-strong ensemble flip traditional Yolngu moves into sirtaki, moonwalk and hip-hop, with a couple of nods to Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson along the way; and of course, Zorba the Greek, the song that shot the original group to fame when a mobile phone video of the performance went viral on YouTube.

This showcasing of Yolngu dance, from its traditional roots to its current form, is an impressive demonstration of its vibrancy and its continued relevance to the current generation. The team pays a beautiful homage to past and present Aboriginal tradition.

The boys of Djuki Mala are totally independent artists, so get out there and support a fabulous quartet of energy, enthusiastic, fabulous bunch of blokes! Energetic, cheeky and charismatic! All in all, it is a feast for the senses, with the music, the dancing and the big screen, you will loved it!

Djuki Mala has played more than 700 live performances to over 500,000 people in 73 cities and towns in 27 different countries. Be sure to catch them at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, 29 May. Take everyone you know; you won’t be disappointed.

Going 12 years strong and travelling all over the world, Djuki Mala are obviously doing something right. Pretty impressive for a dance troupe borne from a viral YouTube video.