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Harbour backdrop for Deadlys

Rehearsals at the 17th Deadly Awards stopped briefly while performers took time out for a media call with a difference on the western forecourt of the Sydney Opera House today. The Pigram Brothers from Broome WA were there, looking relaxed amid the crowds, strumming their ukulele – they’ll be performing at the Deadlys on Tuesday night at the Opera House. The WA musical contingent looked pleased to catch up with Northern Territory singer/songwriter Shellie Morris and the Yanyuwa Singers. And when Broadcaster of the Year nominee Kevin Ebsworth also from the NT joined the photo call, everyone looked pretty much at home on Bennelong Point. The Yanyuwa Singers performed an impromptu song in language and the crowd gathered around the press photographers to watch and listen. With only a day to go until Shellie and the Yanyuwa Singers open the Deadlys with two spectacular songs in Yanyuwa language from Shellie’s new album, Together We Are Strong – or Ngambala wiji Li-Wunungu, anticipation of something special is building. The 17th annual Deadly Awards has attracted plenty of attention this year, with a sold out show and a standout list of performers and presenters. Strong finalists guarantee the Deadlys will have all the thrills and spills of an awards night, with plenty of surprises. Executive Producer Gavin Jones believes the Deadlys are an “opportunity to stand up and be proud of who you are.” Equally they are an opportunity for wider Australia to take notice of the “good things” Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders do for Australia. With the aim of showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement and contribution, the Deadlys is definitely a feel good event. At the media call, Shellie and the Yanyuwa women sat down on the forecourt as the heat of a spring day became summerlike. Deadlys co-host, actor Aaron Pedersen joined them, sitting cross legged and yarning with the group. To the casual observer, it looked like it all felt pretty good. The Deadlys will be broadcast on SBS One on Sunday, October 2 at 9.30pm and repeated on SBS Two on Saturday, October 8 at 7.30pm. Vibe Australia produces the Deadlys awards, Vibe Alive, Vibe 3on3®, In Vibe, Deadly Vibe, Deadly Sounds and Deadly TV. For more information about products:

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