THE SONG THAT BAREFOOT DIVAS SING, BEYOND THE TUNES OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL VOICES, IS A SONG ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF MUTUAL RESPECT AND EXCHANGE BETWEEN CULTURES.
Since their 2012 debut as the Surprise Hit of the Sydney & New Zealand International Arts Festivals, BAREFOOT DIVAS have gone on to mesmerize audiences across the globe completing their first North American and Canadian Tour in 2014 opening in the Zellerbach Auditorium in California home to internationally acclaimed artists Sweet Honey in the Rock and Lady Black Smith Mambazo. In 2015 BAREFOOT DIVAS were the highlight of theHong Kong Arts Festival selling out the 2000 seat Hong Kong Concert Hall.
Ursula Yovich (Burarra/Serbian), Emma Donovan (Gumbaynggirr NSW), Whirimako Black (Maori), Maisey Rika (Maori), Merenia (Maori/Roma/Gypsy) and Ngaiire (Papua New Guinea) come together as BAREFOOT DIVAS in a powerful symbolic musical collaboration. Performing original compositions and singing in Aboriginal languages combined with a fusion of English and Maori (Te Reo) and PNG dialect, BAREFOOT DIVAS mesmerizing performance showcases the ensembles six-part harmonies and soaring voices swinging between Acoustic Roots, Jazz, R&B and Latin infused soul. Their critically acclaimed production WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES reflects the diverse and life-affirming experiences of contemporary Indigenous women, echoing their profound heritage, combined languages and outspoken stories.
Six women who have found a remarkable connection, an assertion of their own cultures and the notion of cultural tradition and its fundamental place in the lives of all people. Greater than the sum of their parts, BAREFOOT DIVAS commitment to the harmony of their collaboration is a metaphor for the value of each individual in our diverse communities across the planet.
BAREFOOT DIVAS is Curated & Produced by, New Zealand born, Sydney based Manager Vicki Gordon. The stage production WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES is Written & Directed by Award winning Australian playwright Alana Valentine with Music Direction by Adam Ventoura.