Kutcha Edwards live in Nathalia

By Cobram Courier

Mutti Mutti singer and songwriter Kutcha Edwards is performing live in Nathalia later this month.

Supported by Moira Arts and Culture Inc and the G.R.A.I.N Store, the event on October 27 kicks off at 1 pm with support act local Yorta Yorta woman Madi Coleville-Walker, with The Kutcha Edwards Hour to follow at 3 pm.

Starting out with bands Watbalimba and Blackfire and, as a member of the Black Arm Band, Mr Edwards has performed as a solo artist alongside the likes of Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, David Bridie, Renee Geyer and close friend the late Paul Hester.

Mr Edwards is a member of the Stolen Generation, taken away from his parents along with five of his 11 siblings, and he sees music as a responsibility given to him by his ancestors.

It is a channel for his own experiences to help him educate his audience by sharing and encouraging cultural understanding and engaging people with their own experiences.

“I think the music seeks you out,” he said.

“A lot of people think it’s about the performance, but for me it’s not just about that, it’s about dropping one extra pebble.

“My job is not to try and befriend an audience or a classroom of people that come in contact with me; my job is to drop a pebble in an imaginary pond and make that ripple. That’s my life’s work explained.”

Music has led Mr Edwards down a path of healing for more than 25 years, drawing from his family and a culture thousands of years old. This is present in the themes of his music; healing, culture and unity.

“I’m there to tell my truths and my family’s and my people’s truths of what transpired on this country,” he said.

Mr Edwards has produced four albums - Cooinda (2002), Hope (2007), Blak and Blue (2012) and Beneath the Surface (2015).

The afternoon at at Nathalia Recreation Reserve is an alcohol-free event and people can enjoy a free barbecue.

Tickets are available at at the G.R.A.I.N Store on Blake St or Nathalia post office.

The project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.