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William Barton & Nduduzo Makhathini

The Substation

An exclusive MIJF international collaboration.

In a very special MIJF collaboration, formidable Blue Note pianist, Nduduzo Makhathini (South Africa), will be joined by distinguished ARIA winner, 2023 Queensland Australian of the Year and Kalkadungu man, William Barton – whose peerless profile as a composer, vocalist and didgeridoo player has awarded him the title of the world’s pre-eminent didgeridoo musician.

As skilled improvisers and composers, both artists are renowned for masterfully weaving a thread between Western classical and jazz traditions, and the rich soundscapes of their cultural and spiritual musical heritage. In a truly unique genre-defying pairing, Barton and Makhathini will combine forces to unveil a rapturous musical encounter that promises to cross borders, expand horizons and create new musical languages that speak to culture, country and beyond.

Featuring a specially commissioned composition by Barton along with reimaginings of the pair’s respective original works, this unmissable live experience will see these acclaimed artists unite to put their combined prodigious musical talent on full display for MIJF audiences.

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