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This story originally appeared in Deadly Vibe Magazine Issue #4 May, 1997

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This month, Deadly Vibe visits Townsville, one of our favourite places in Australia, to talk to one of the Deadly Sounds broadcasters, Velma Gara from Radio 4K1G.

Deadly Vibe: What’s happening up there around Townsville?

Velma: Well, the latest news is some new music coming out up here from a couple of local guys by the name of Colin and Jim. They’re doing very well both here I Townsville and up in the Straits.

Deadly Vibe: Who actually put the tape together? Was it through 4K1G?

Velma: No, they did it privately; they have wanted to do this for a while. They were a couple of guys in their forties and they wanted to put something out, so when some money came through for them it was their chance to go into the studio and do the recording.

Deadly Vibe: And it’s all gospel music?

Velma: It’s all gospel music and there is an English hymn as well as some language tracks in Eastern and Western languages.

Deadly Vibe: Anything else happening up around Townsville?

Velma: Big names are coming through like Troy Cassar-Daley as well as Tina Turner but apart from that nothing else.

Deadly Vibe: Just have to wait till later in the year I expect.

Velma: I hope so yeah. We we’re trying to organise for later this year a concert/gathering from Lake Burns. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bands from up and down the coast. It’s part of the helping our kids campaign. That’s down the pipeline over the next two months I think. Apart from that we just have our country festival out at Charters Towers with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bands, with mainly Aboriginal bands turning up for that.

Deadly Vibe: And when does that country festival occur?

Velma: It’s on the long weekend, Queensland labor weekend or May Day weekend and I think we have the brother and sisters Lee and Tanya Kernaghan turning up for that. There is a lot of interest from Aboriginal bands because Aboriginal people are into country music and of course 4K1G is in the country. Yes there should be heaps of interest for that festival.

Deadly Vibe: So in May, rock up to Charters Towers?

Velma: Yes.

Deadly Vibe: Nothing special happening for the 30th Anniversary of citizenship on the 27th?

Velma: Not that I know of. Not here but in Cairns for the last few years there has been an emphasis on making it a big celebration that’s what I think is happening here.

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