Conference Speaker

Gina Williams



Five-time winner of the WAMi Indigenous Act of the Year, Gina Williams is one of those rare performers who captures hearts and imaginations by connecting deeply through the power of song. You know when it happens, there's that magical moment when a hush falls over the room; you can feel it, and you know it's special. It's even more special when it's in a rare language. Yet that's exactly what Noongar singer-songwriter Gina Williams has been doing with audiences all over the world. You don't need to understand the words; love, loss, joy all mean the same things no matter how you say it. With less than 400 speakers of this language left in Western Australia, Gina brings a modern take on ancient traditions, matching powerful storytelling, guitar brilliance and that incredible, incandescent voice. The natural rhythms of the language are perfectly captured, and there's a disarming onstage presence that comes from a heart that simply refuses to surrender her voice and language to silence. '...this music...this is where the ancient meets the’s beautiful...I love it...' - Archie Roach

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