Rhythmical, lyrical songstress, Sister Liberty shares sensuous Soul Music. With a blend of RnB/Rootz, Reggae/Funk and World Music flavours. She delivers a passionate, positive roots experience. Infectious grooves and soothing tunes combined with poetry that is kind hearted and honest, world-minded and conscious, she weaves a healing energy that unites and inspires.
Sister Liberty is music in motion, drawing from her Polynesian heritage and original artistry as a drummer and dancer. Her earthy nature emanates spirituality, sensuality and a playful presence, which naturally relaxes and engages people, creating a synergy between artist and audience.
Sister Liberty's debut album Emanate, is a reggae roots and groove vibration, highlighted with luscious harmonies and quirky percussion instruments. It is a classic example of just how she loves to make a joyful noise, sweet as nectar.
Robert Crokford: “Sister Liberty, you have a beautiful voice, reminds me of Marcia Griffiths and an island breeze, the grooviness of Erykah Badu, the soul power of Billie Holiday.
With a large repertoire of popular cover songs to suit most occasions, Sister Liberty/Emmaline has played at local venues including, Havana Music Cafe, The Court House Hotel, The Vibe Bar, The Green Ant Cantina, James Cook University, Dunk Island Resort, The Hambleton Hotel, Smithfield Tavern, The Salt House, Hollaways Beach Sporting Complex, Hollaways Beach Cafe, The Grand Hotel, Tanks Markets, The Lime Tree Restaurant, Ye Old Gordonvale Hotel, Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns Lagoon and Fogarty Park.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Sister Liberty (Emmaline Anderson) has a long history of live performance and festival shows. Presenting her original songs as a solo artist, also duo and band at key events such as Wallaby Creek Festival, Tablelands Folk Festival, the Cairns 'Up Tempo' World Music Festival, Kuranda Roots Festival, Townsville Cultural Festival, Woodford Folk Festivals’ 'Women Up Front' and 'Murri Tent', numerous ‘Carnival on Collins' Festivals and 'Women In Song' concerts held at The Cairns Tanks Art Center, played to an audience of 2000 at Christchurch Town Hall and has been support act for New Zealand Band 'Moana and the Tribe,’ also for Nattali Rize. Joined 'Sounds of AustraNesia 2013, Cairns' Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander, Polynesian and Melanesian band and choir, recording 'Mana Wahine' on their 2nd album 'Women of AustraNesia' with their spirit lifting launch Dec 3rd 2016.
Sister Liberty's musical sensitivity, and her delight in sharing and uniting through song, enables her to flow with musicians and audiences of all walks of life, ages and cultures. She delivers her services in a professional, reliable manner. Her talent and energy complements any entertainment engagement.
WORKSHOPS: As well as being an established performer, Sister Liberty is a natural teacher, and experienced facilitator of various workshops and Music Therapy programs, she shares with a simplicity and focus on fun!
Hula and Polynesian Dance Workshops - Fun and grounding. Beginning with gentle warm ups, flowing movements to loosen hips, legs, arms, hands, connecting ourselves with the earth, expressing feminine grace and sensuality. This is a great workout for abs, thighs and butts. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Poi Twirling Workshop - Learn to twirl medium length solf poi or long heavier poi, building up a repertoire of moves ranging from simple basic, to more elaborate and complicated. Learning to dance with poi and moving to music is fun, energetic and motivating. The circular motion and flowing energy of poi rotating around your body can create openings and balancings.
Poi making - having conducted several poi making and poi twirling private classes, also workshops at Mother of Good Counsel, Holy Cross, Balaclava, and Peace Lutheran College 'After School Hours' programs as part of the Australians Sports Commission initiative, also at Cairns Festival 2013, Wallaby Creek Festival 2015 and Weipa Community International Womens Week 2016 Workshop Weekend.
Body Percussion Workshops - Using our hands, feet & thighs, clapping, slapping, stomping, making rhythms with our body. Possibly using our voices, creating chants or songs.
Drumming Circles -
A community drum circle or workshop is created, "in the moment" by all the people who participate. Co-operation and collaboration is the basic glue. When we drum together, sharing our spirit in the form of rhythm, it changes our relationships. As we play together, we give of ourselves and give out a rhythmical massage and an emotional release. The experience is unique to each person in the circle. When the circle works as a team, everyone benefits, because we all hit THE GROOVE where the energy flows, time stops and a sense of well-being occurs.
Drum Beat Program -
Discovering Relationships Using Music: Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts. (Music Therapy Program developed to reach those people for whom talk based therapies are confronting.) The DRUMBEAT Program consists of 1 hour sessions each week and runs for 10 weeks. This time enables participants to experience commitment, build trust within the group, explore deeper issues, build on drumming skills and repertoire of rhythms, and prepare for, then produce, the performance finale. http://www.holyoake.org.au/drumbeat
Sade, Carol King, India Arie, Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Third World, Katchafire, The Herbs, Lady 6, Sun Salute, Alicia keys, Big Mountain, Barry White, Michael Jackson, Vince Jones, Declan Kelly, The Briscoe Sisters, African, Latin, Jamaican and Polynesian culture and music.
Support Artist for NZ band 'Moana And The Tribe' 2009
Collaborations Festival 2016, on bill with -In the Element, Koahlition, Zenith and Bull Horn.
Carnival On Collins Festival, Botanical Gardens, 2016
Wallaby Creek Festival 2016
Townsville Culture Festival 2016
'Emanate' album launch, Tanks Arts Center, 2016
Women of AustraNesia album launch, Tanks Arts Center, 2016
Support act for Natalie Rize (from Blue King Brown) Tanks Arts Center, 2016.
'Up Late' set after Amanda Palmer at Tanks Arts Center 2017
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