The 200 people attending the Village Festival, Edinburgh Gardens Fitzroy, on November 1, experienced the first public performance from the “recyclables”, a group of young African men from our partners, Kids off the Kerb.
Assisted by Daniel and Tabuto from Kids off the Kerb, the men performed with instruments crafted from the insides of fridges and washing machines collected from the Kids off the Kerb factory in Thomastown. Adam Simmons on saxophone led the group through four compositions.
“Tubes” consisted of a five harmonising plastic hoses that swirled like a bank of 1970’s analog synthesisers. Ali led the second piece “crickets”, with a delicate flam rhythm using thin wire rods extracted from the front of a fridge. In the third piece, Amanial ‘s superb poetry silenced the crowd with his account of what it is like for a young African man to live in “multicultural” Australia. The performance finished with a busy West African rhythym chiming on the metal washing machine motor casings.
Funded by a University of Melbourne Engagement Initiative grant, the group are also monitoring the impact of their music workshops and performances on the ways they connect to Melbourne’s creative industry. With a second performance coming up in November at the Big West festival, these young men are now on the Melbourne music map and are connecting to the rich world of creative experimental artists.