WA music is in focus at Bunuru Festival

WA hip hop legends Downsyde will play the Bunuru Festival on March 14. Photo Supplied.

WA hip hop legends Downsyde will play the Bunuru Festival on March 14. Photo Supplied.

The Undalup Association has announced an impressive line up of Indigenous artists to entertain the crowd at the upcoming Bunuru Festival, held at Riflebutts Reserve on March 14.

Artists including Downsyde, Struggling Kings and Billy Woodley are scheduled to perform.

Festival director Rachelle Cousins said the entertainment was selected to appeal to all age groups and music preferences.

"The Undalup Association is very proud to showcase amazing Indigenous artists and inspire the next generation of Indigenous artists," she said.

WA hip hop legends Downsyde formed in 1996 and have since released four acclaimed albums, won a stack of awards, and have toured Australia and the world, building up a legion of fans across the globe.

The Struggling Kings are a Perth-based alternative indigenous rock band formed by brothers Luke and Daniel Riches, hailing from One Arm Point on the Dampier Peninsula.

The Struggling Kings were awarded Best Indigenous Band and Best Song at the NAIDOC Music Awards 2018 and have just taken out the award for WA Music's Best Indigenous Act for 2019.

Musician Billy Woodley grew up in Port Hedland, enjoying fishing, hunting and developed a love for music and football.

Woodley is a Noongar on his father's side, while his mother's family is from the Pilbara region, whose ties belong with the Palyku and Banjima.

Festival coordinator Lisa Chatwin said the festival offered an opportunity for music to connect and translate cultural divides.

"Indigenous peoples have always connected through music and this festival creates opportunities not just for Indigenous artists to show case their talents but for Indigenous peoples to feel connected to their culture and identify with Indigenous role models, as well as, creating an opportunities to unite cultures through music," she said.

For more information on the festival, visit facebook.com/undalup.