Apakatjah – In Between

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“The music on record matches the intensity of Apakatjah’s live performance; the vocal richness stems from the duo’s extensive history performing as an acoustic act, where this element of their artistry remained a prominent feature, but now with this fully fleshed out instrumentation driving it, both Dion and Jonathan’s presence has been expanded further.” Au Review on album In Between

Apakatjah’s debut album, released 31 March 2017, was recorded at the CAAMA Music studios in Alice Springs and produced by Dave Crowe.

Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja) is a duo consisting of Dion Forrester and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan who through their performances weave together a reflection of their blended cultures and wide musical influences such as Aboriginal desert reggae like Tjupi Band, old school metal like Iron Maiden and guitar master, Tommy Emmanuel.

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“The blend of language tradition and contemporary music styles makes this so fantastic.”
– Claire Mooney of Triple J Unearthed on “Waru”

“Intricate acoustic guitar work and strong vocals are a hallmark of Apakatjah. Add to this a full band sound and you get to a different space altogether. Their debut album ‘In Between’ blasts out of this space with a musical depth that is inspiring… ‘In Between’ is a diverse album that grabs on and doesn’t let go, compelling the listener to play through to the last note” – Foldback.com.au

Emerging from the deserts of Central Australia is the unique sound of Apakatjah who combine intricate guitar work with ancient languages, stirring harmonies and traditional instruments.

Through its two band members Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants.  The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage, which the duo have reclaimed to demonstrate the pride they have in their identity and to draw strength from their culture.

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