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Sydney Opera House comes alive for the Deadly Awards

Bennalong Point will resonate with the sound of traditional language at a spectacular cultural opening to this year’s 2011 Deadly Awards at the Opera House on 27 September. Acclaimed Northern Territory singer/songwriter Shellie Morris and the Yanyuwa Singers will perform two songs in language from Shellie’s new album, Together We Are Strong – or Ngambala wiji Li-Wunungu in Yanyuwa language. Also performing on centrestage are Casey Donovan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Hip Hop sensations The Last Kinection and the Pigram Brothers, making the Deadlys show one of the best yet.

In fact, this year’s Deadlys has it all – glamour, humour, music and fun. It has fashion divas, footy legends, pop princesses and pole dancers!

But the awards also have a serious side – the paying of respects to sporting legends of the past and the honouring of the nation’s ‘quiet achievers’ in Indigenous health, education and employment.

Deadly duo – actor Aaron Pedersen and singing sensation Casey Donovan will host the awards, which includes performances from Casey, Troy Cassar-Daley, Hip Hop sensations The Last Kinection, the Pigram Brothers and Shellie Morris and the Yanyuwa Singers.

Casey Donovan will perform a song from her upcoming Australian musical show Flowerchildren about the turbulent private lives of the American vocal group The Mamas and The Papas.

Bundjalung man Troy Cassar-Daley has won an amazing 21 golden guitars, 4 ARIA awards and 7 Deadly Awards. A true legend, he will be performing his new song Sing About This Country on the night.

The talented musicians who, along with Alex Lloyd, made the music for the film Mad Bastards – The Pigram Brothers (and family including rising star Naomi Pigram) will also perform an acoustic piece on the night. So there is something for everyone – 60’s, country, Hip Hop, and acoustic music.

“We’ve got a story to tell to wider Australia, and we tell it loud and proud on Deadly’s night,” Executive Producer Gavin Jones says.

“What started out as a small awards ceremony at Boomali Art Cooperative in Redfern in 1995 and have grown into a huge showcase of Indigenous talent at the Opera House. And even after 16 years of organising this event, I am still humbled by the support we get from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community for the Deadlys.”

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the Deadlys this year! Tickets for the 2011 Deadlys ($45 or $30 concession) are available from the Sydney Opera House. For more information, visit

Vibe Australia produces the Deadlys awards, Vibe Alive, Vibe 3on3, In Vibe, Deadly Vibe, Deadly Sounds and Deadly TV.

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