Muslim Music Festival 2009

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Celebrating the harmony and rhythm of local Muslims

  • Voices and Echoes (Friday 11th September, 8:00pm)
    Poetry, pop and hip hop from Melbourne's Muslim underground, featuring The Brothahood, Nazid Kimmie, Patterns for Paper, Melike Ulgezer and special guests, Acehnese dance troupe, Saman Neo.

  • Love is Divine: Words of Rumi, Chapter 1 (Saturday 12th September at 8:00pm)
    A concert of classical sitar music inspired by the poetry of Rumi, presented by Ustad Khalil Gudaz, accompanied by Ramin Nawa on tabla.

  • Love is Divine: Words of Rumi, Chapter 2 (Sunday 13th September at 8:00pm)
    Rumi's poetry sung by Ustad Khalil Gudaz, accompanied by sitar, tabla, harmonium, dilruba and rebab.

These concerts will be held at the Northcote Town Hall, West Wing (entry via Westbourne Gve). Ticket prices for Voices and Echoes are $20 ($15 concession), and for both Love is Divine concerts are $20 ($18 concession). Tickets are available at the door, or can be booked via the box office: 03 9481 9500 or via the web:

All shows start at 8:00pm. See below for more details on individual performers. For any other enquiries, call 0401 098 911. To join the mailing list for future events, please email If you've been to one of the concerts and would like to leave us a comment, please use the comment facility at the bottom of this page.

(view some of the artist profiles below)

Artist Profiles

Ustad Khalil Gudaz

Khalil Gudaz is one of the most outstanding practitioners of Afghani and Hindustani music in Australia today. He has created a style of Sitar melody which combines Afghani and Indian influences to give the instrument a totally new dimension. He performs the stronger, more rhythmic style of classical Sitar, his fingers moving like a cool gentle breeze, spreading the fragrance of Afghani melodies and Indian Classical music across continents.

The Brothahood

The Brothahood are a group of young Australian Muslim Emcees striving to motivate the Muslim youth of Australia to be proud of their faith in a time when it is needed the most. On the frontline of battling stereotypes against Muslims in the west, they bring about a whole new theme to hip-hop whilst keeping the essence... the message.

Patterns for Paper

New to the stage, this young and captivating duo with Dana Madkhul on vocals and Tim Dunlea on guitar, perform a mixture of acoustic pop, jazz and folk tunes, including their own original material. Tim’s musical background hails from a strong music theory basis in piano and saxophone from a young age, performing in numerous award winning school bands and eventually finding his way to playing the acoustic guitar. Dana was exposed to music early on through her family’s dedicated involvement in community radio and cultural showcase events. Their first performances included community shows and private functions, and they were approached to take part in the Melbourne Muslim Music Festival 2007 of The Darebin Music Feast, winning the hearts of the audience. With a string of recent gigs under their belt, Patterns for Paper return once more to the Muslim Music Festival in 2009.

Nazid Kimmie

Nazid Kimmie is a Melbourne-based performance poet and writer whose work ranges from the metaphysical to the political. His poetry and spoken word installation was a feature of the IrfanSpace exhibition at Kinross House in 2008, and has been exhibited as part of the You Am I group exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim artists in 2009. See for audio samples and book publication details.

Melike Ülgezer

Alice Melike Ülgezer is a Turkish/Australian novelist, poetess and sometimes musician.
She draws on her mixed cultural heritage and Islamic Mysticism to nourish her creative craft. Having recently returned from a year in Cairo, she is writing and studying in Melbourne.

Darebin Music Feast

(last year's festival details are here)

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