69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
A pumping RnB performance, Tiwi Islands style!
Building on their international touring acclaim, B2M (Bathurst to Melville), are embarking on their first major national tour. This seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands will showcase their unique blend of contemporary and traditional sound in a new performance that reveals the full breadth of Tiwi culture and identity!
Mamanta – meaning ‘friend’ in Tiwi – is a vibrant cultural experience told through a mix of music, multi-media and song. In an historic show of support from the Tiwi Elders, B2M have permission to use traditional Tiwi chants and blend them with modern musical elements. Combined with vivid multi-media imagery of contemporary arts and cultural practices, Mamanta brings the Tiwi Islands to life.
If you’ve never had an opportunity to travel to the Tiwi Islands before, this show is sure to take you on an illuminating and uplifting journey. Hailed as “Australia’s answer to the Backstreet Boys” (Huffington Post), this unique boyband have conquered China, East Timor, Taiwan and Ireland. You’ll find yourself dancing as they bring you a rare insight into their island culture delivered with their trademark wit, musicality and charm.
“Drawing on a strong tapestry of stories, including our own songlines that have never left the Tiwi Islands before, Mamanta is unlike anything ever seen. We have never created a show that shares our experience this fully,” said band member Jeffrey ‘Yello’ Simon.
From ancient stories to life today, Mamanta honours the past and celebrates the future.
“Like the paintings that reflect the depiction of country, our songlines demonstrate our journeys, our history and our community”, Yello said.
Formed in 2004, B2M are strong Tiwi men who write, record and perform music that transcends cultural, social and geographic boundaries. Their music is unique and infectious, filled with beats, chants and harmonies that showcase their ability to carry a positive image of their people and culture through RnB, Tiwi style!
“For us, the message that B2M shares is the most important facet of our music. Steering clear of catchy love-songs, we focus on bigger issues, like drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and understanding identity”, Yello said.
Directed by Gail Evans and produced by Artback NT and Skinnyfish Music, Mamanta is a rare gift to audiences. A captivating, moving and upbeat work that shares Tiwi history, culture and identity with the nation.
B2M band members: Shelton Murray, Greg Orsto, Fabian Kantilla, Daniel Cunningham, Damien Narul, Darren Narul, Jeffrey ‘Yello’ Simon.
“B2M…wow, the music, the joy, the talent- it was contagious. It would have been a standing ovation that demanded an encore- but everyone was already on their feet dancing! We couldn’t get enough of them!” Phaedra Watts, Artistic Director, Nannup Music Festival
★★★★ “…a richly rewarding experience. Their songs are infectious, unashamedly sentimental and often inspirational, shot through with the sort of close-knit vocal harmonies that come about through years of touring.” The Guardian
Read how B2M were embraced in Taiwan HERE
B2M – Mamanta national tour is coordinated and presented by Northern Territory’s arts development and touring organisation, Artback NT with the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
5.30pm – Internet sales close
6.30pm – Venue doors open / Box Office sales open / Venue Bar open
7.10pm – Theatre doors open
7.30pm – B2M – Mamanta
8.40pm – Event concludes