For Aboriginal performer Kutcha Edwards, singing is more than entertainment or a means to pay the bills; it’s a way for him to share his culture.
Mutti Mutti man Kutcha Edwards
‘It’s like that old grandfather or grandmother who paints their culture on a canvas. I’m singing of that Country. I’m writing of that Country...I’m doing the same as what my forefathers have done since time began.’
A proud Mutti Mutti man, Kutcha is a member of the Stolen Generation. He, and five of his siblings, were forcibly removed from his family when he was only 18-months old.
‘My role in the whole scheme of things is to sing on behalf of my family and what has transpired for my family,’ Kutcha says.
In 2009, Kutcha was one of several Indigenous artists preparing to sing in their own dormant languages.
‘The day we were going to perform, I felt something was going on in my spirit and I called my older brother to come over. I felt like I needed some sort of cleansing, so he smoked me in the backyard.’
Strong winds picked up and Melbourne was soon blanketed in red from one of country’s most significant dust storms.
‘It coated the city streets with this dark red dirt and the irony for me, and all of us who sang in the sleeping languages of where we had come from, was that it was all those old grandfathers and grandmothers who had come to Melbourne to listen to their descendants sing in their languages.
‘It made sense to me. I’m just the conduit for them.’
This will be the fourth time that Kutcha, whose gongs include the National Indigenous Persons Award, the Deadly Award and a Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award, has been part of the Victorian Seniors Festival.
Watch Kutcha's 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined performance