B2M – Mamanta

About

B2M (Bathurst to Melville) are a seven-piece Indigenous RnB band hailing from the Northern Territory’s Tiwi Islands, 80 kilometres north of Darwin where the Arafura Sea meets the Timor Sea. Formed in late December 2004, B2M are strong Tiwi men who write, sing and perform music that creates conversation across cultural, social and geographical boundaries.

Building on their international touring acclaim, in China, East Timor, Taiwan and, most recently, Ireland, B2M are now embarking on their first national tour. Their show Mamanta – meaning ‘friend’ in Tiwi – presents a unique performance, Tiwi style!  Accompanied by new music releases, Mamanta will present a map of musical influences and explorations from around the world, while drawing on the rich local history of Tiwi Islands. Incorporating footage and imagery of contemporary Tiwi life, including church practice, football and influences from their art centres, Mamanta is a vibrant cultural experience told through a mix of dance, chants, song and film.

With such a strong tapestry of stories to draw from, including songlines that have never left the Tiwi Islands before, Mamanta will be unlike anything ever seen. If you’ve never had an opportunity to travel to the Tiwi Islands before, this show is sure to take you on an illuminating cultural journey.

B2M – Mamanta will tour nationally from August 2018.

B2M Mamanta 2018 National Tour

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Cast & crew

B2M: Shelton Murray, Greg Orsto, Fabian Kantilla, Daniel Cunningham, Damien Narul, Darren Narul, Jeffrey Simon

Mamanta:

Producer – Artback NT and Skinnyfish Music

Director – Gail Evans

Music Co-Producers and Collaborators –  James Mangohig & Michael Hohnen

Film and multi-media content Director – Caro Macdonald

Tour Coordinator – Artback NT

Reviews

“B2M… wow, the music, the joy, the talent- it was contagious. It would have been a standing ovation that demanded an encore- but everyone was already on their feet dancing! We couldn’t get enough of them!”

Phaedra Watts, Artistic Director, Nannup Music Festival

“B2M Is Indigenous Australia’s Answer To The Backstreet Boys”

Cayla Dengate, Huffington Post

“B2M is the Tiwi Islands boyband conquering Asia”

Helen Davidson, The Guardian

Itinerary

Horsham Town Hall Theatre

Horsham, VIC
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Swan Hill Town Hall PACC

Swan Hill, VIC
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Riverlinks WestSide

Shepparton, VIC
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Theatre Royal

Castlemaine, VIC
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Burrinja Theatre

Upwey, VIC
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The Memo

Healesville, VIC
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Araluen Arts Centre

Alice Springs, NT
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Albany Entertainment Centre

Albany, WA
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Norseman Town Hall

Norseman, WA
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Museum of the Goldfields

Kalgoorlie-Boulder, WA
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Laverton Youth Centre

Laverton, WA

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Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Kalgoorlie-Boulder, WA

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Cummins Theatre

Merredin, WA
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Carnarvon Civic Centre

Carnarvon, WA
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Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Mandurah, WA
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Capitol Theatre Tamworth

Tamworth, NSW
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Cessnock Performing Arts Centre

Cessnock, NSW
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Jetty Memorial Theatre

Coffs Harbour, NSW
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The Art House

Wyong, NSW
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Orange Civic Theatre

Orange, NSW
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Orange

Orange, NSW

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Riverside Theatres

Parramatta, NSW
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Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Penrith, NSW
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Byron Bay Theatre

Byron Bay, NSW
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Civic Centre

Mt Isa, QLD
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Cairns Festival

Cairns, QLD
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University of Southern Queensland

Springfield, QLD

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Barossa Arts and Convention Centre

Tanunda, SA
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Middleback Arts Centre

Whyalla, SA
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Base 10, 10 South Road Reynella

Port Noarlunga, SA

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Northern Festival Centre

Port Pirie, SA
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Contact

Elizabeth Rogers

Performing Arts Manager

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

performing@artbacknt.com.au

08 8941 1444