TREATY: South Australia’s First Nations Music Event

TREATY-J-MILLA-photo-by-Morgan-SetteA new live music showcase of South Australia’s best emerging and established First Nations artists, TREATY, will be presented as a NAIDOC Week 2020 free community event at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute on Friday 13 November 2020.

NAIDOC Week runs 8 – 15 November having been rescheduled due to COVID-19. NAIDOC Week 2020 facilitates the perfect opportunity for the resurgence of indigenous communities to be united by Culture, Language, Song and Music.

TREATY will be staged as a tentpole event of Umbrella Festival Presents: GO LIVE – a recently announced major marketing campaign facilitated by Music SA which aims to encourage audiences to safely attend South Australian live music events from September to 31 December 2020.

TREATY welcomes and encourages the participation of remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, whilst offering the opportunity for creative collaboration in metropolitan Adelaide. It is anticipated that TREATY will open performance pathways into in the SA music community and beyond.

Confirmed to perform live at TREATY are: Rapidly rising NT rapper J-MILLA, hip hop groups Sonz of Serpent and DEM MOB, rapper RKM aka Rulla Kelly-Mansell, singer/songwriters Tilly Tjala Thomas, MRLN aka Marlon Motlop and Katie Aspel. MC duties will be jointly handled by J-MILLA and Natasha Wanganeen.

22-year-old Kokatha Ngukurr woman Ashleigh Darrie of Hindmarsh Valley, has been chosen as the winning artist for the design of the event poster. Her painting We Stand In Distress was created with the mindset of the theme Always Was, Always Will Be and for proud Aboriginal people who continually stand up and fight for their rights.

“TREATY celebrates the best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture through music,” said Music SA First Nations Industry Development Coordinator, Letisha Ackland. “It’s a brand new event of its kind in South Australia and offers something for everyone to enjoy.”

“Talented young indigenous people have the opportunity to experience an event in motion – from stage management right through to performing. We are also very proud to present TREATY at Tandanya, Australia’s only national Aboriginal cultural institute as a NAIDOC Week event.”

TREATY is a collaboration between Music SA and Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, supported by Carclew. It is a COVID safe and alcohol/drug free event.

TREATY takes place at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute on Friday 13 November 2020 (4.00pm – 10.00pm). Free event – bookings essential. For more information and to book a ticket, visit: for details.

Image: J-MILLA – photo by Morgan Sette