Kan​-​Kawa Contemporary Gospel & Blues

by Olive Knight

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Olive, from the small and remote community of Wangkatjungka south of Fitzroy Crossing, has been on Broadway and performed with Hugh Jackman in his show “Back On Broadway”. A Walmatjarri woman
born in the desert, Olive Knight’s traditional name is Kunkuwa. Her earliest recollections of music are of traditional songs sung around the campfire, which lulled her into a peaceful sleep. She remembers nullanullas thumping the bare earth, clap sticks and boomerangs, and the rhythmic songs of her forefathers.

Olive was an integral part of the liquor restrictions movement that won a precedent ruling against the Liquor Association, has been active in studies related to prevention and treatment of FASD, helped develop the Walmatjarri dictionary in the 1960s, and is a well respected Elder. Now working on her second album, Olive has a vision to see her people heal and believes music is an integral part of that. As Australians we can boast to have inherited the only Walmatjarri Gospel Blues Singer in the world! Olive is not just a musician; she is a rare gem of incalculable
cultural significance.

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released November 26, 2013

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Olive Knight Saint George Ranges, Australia

Olive, from the small and remote community of
Wangkatjungka. A Walmatjarri woman born in the desert, Olive Knight’s traditional name is Kunkuwa. She remembers nullanullas thumping the bare earth, clap sticks and boomerangs, and the rhythmic songs of her forefathers. Now working on her second album, Olive has a vision to see her people heal and believes music is an integral part of this process. ... more

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