Wi3W – Ep. 19 – Jungaji Troy Brady speaks with Greg Dodge

Western Gugu Yalanjiand Birri Gubba songman, Jungaji Troy Brady, has been performing in various bands around the world for the past three decades.

Greg Dodge first met Troy (now called Jungaji) in 1995, when he was a vocalist with the hit group ‘Aim for More’, as a teenager. Greg was one of his early mentors and their lives have been intertwined ever since.

In 2013, ‘Aim for More’ reformed for a special performance at Stylin’ Up, Australia’s largest First Nations Hip Hop festival in his suburb of Inala, Brisbane, to great acclaim and excitement.

In between, he has been part of the incredible Banawurun (Running Water) Band, the Black Arm Band and the family group ‘Troy n Trevelyn and the Tribe’.

Jungaji has forged a reputation based on integrity and alongside this solo career has been delving deep into the language and culture of his ancestral lands.; talking to elders, learning language and creating art both visually and aurally. Hence the name change from Troy to Jungaji, to be aligned with his cultural ways and knowledge.

He is the chair of The Dhadjowi Foundation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. He is also involved in mainstream services such as correctional services, providing mentoring, songwriting and story telling opportunities across the country.

Jungaji is being booked across Australia, is regularly played on NITV and is sought out for his gifts as a workshop facilitator, actor (on the stage with the award-winning Barbara and the Campdogs at Belvoir Theatre Company) and arts practitioner mentoring youth and adults around healing and cultural ways.

He has performed in Los Angeles at the Muse Expo World Music Conference, Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, QMusic Awards, and the National NAIDOC Awards.

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