Intersect with MAV and Yo CiTY!

Free entry

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Community Hall Ground Level

Past program

Melbourne Now’s Community Hall will come alive as Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and Yo CiTY present Intersect, a series of free audio experiences showcasing some of Melbourne’s best musicians, DJs, and spoken word artists. Every Sunday afternoon, a line-up of performers as diverse as Naarm (Melbourne) itself will entertain, challenge and delight.

6 Aug, 2pm JARABI

Led by visionary master musician Mohamed Camara, Jarabi crafts a unique tapestry of infectious rhythms, intricate melodies and soul-stirring vocals. The result is an exciting new sound that transcends language barriers, creating a universal language that brings together people from diverse backgrounds.
Driven by a deep desire to share Guinea’s music and culture with the world, Mohamed has assembled a group of exceptionally talented musicians who share his vision. Together, Jarabi create a musical experience that ignites the stage and fills the dance floor!

13 Aug, 2pm NARDIA

Born and raised in Melbourne, Nardia describes growing up as “a very difficult time for me. I always felt like I didn’t fit in, that my two cultures I grew up in was difficult for people to understand and I felt that I had to hide from who I truly was from fear of being judged. The best option for me was to be silent. Music and songwriting has got me through that and has allowed me to have a voice. I have learnt to accept myself for who I am and embrace all the things that make me. Everyone should feel free to be who they want to be in this world. Don’t be afraid of who you are, your sexualtity or what you stand for as a person. That’s what makes you, you!’
Nardia is not new to the music scene and currently fronts her other original band ‘Rambal’. Rambal is a six-piece band playing an electrifying mix of soul, blues, and funk music who have been touring up and down the East Coast of Australia garnering national attention with their soul-packed performances.

20 Aug, 2pm SOULECTRIC

Led by the fierce storyteller and house music extraordinaire, Brotha Asanti, Soulectric is a uniquely diverse ensemble that showcases a group of Melbourne’s vibrant artistic voices in a series of original compositions. Inspired by the underground dance scenes of New York, Chicago house and rhythmic storytelling straight from the motherland, the band blends house music with lively African percussion, guitar, keys, vocals and movement art/ contortionist to invite the audience to travel across the world through music.

Soulectric is more than just a musical act – they’re a visual experience too. With contortionist Soliana and movement artist Kathleen Gonzalez, their live performances are a feast for the senses. And with Muhamed Camara on percussion, Tobi Oladele on bass guitar, Mat Robb on electric guitar, and Selene Messinis on keys, their sound is second to none.

Soulectric has already made a big impression on the Australian music scene, with a standout performance at the 2022 St Kilda Festival, where they were selected as one of only seven finalists in the festival’s highly competitive New Music Competition. And if that’s not impressive enough, Brotha Asanti also just completed a tour in the USA in 2022, showcasing his skills on PBS, Channel 31, Fed Square, and the iconic Chapel off Chapel.

But that’s just the beginning for Soulectric – 2023 is set to be their biggest year yet. They’re slated to perform at the iconic NGV for the Melbourne Now Exhibition, as well as the Melbourne Recital Centre in October. And with a show at the Memo in St Kilda planned for later in the year, there’s never been a better time to book Soulectric for your festival.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Soulectric today and let their infectious sound transport your audience on a musical journey they’ll never forget.

General enquiries

Ph +61 3 8620 2222
9am–5pm, daily