Soul sister duo The Merindas helped Hobsons Bay celebrate NADOIC Week, performing a number of songs live and local at the Civic Centre in Altona, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
After the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags were raised, the ceremony concluded with a musical performance by The Merindas, who at one point was joined on stage by Mayor Angela Altair to bust some moves to “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge.
Consisting of Jawoyn woman Candice Lorrae and Noongar woman Kristel Kickett, The Merindas discovered their mutual passion for music in Perth 6 years ago, before recently making the move to Melbourne together with their families.
Catching their break in 2012 singing Motown hits for the launch of the Sapphires movie, The Merindas went on to sell out shows across Perth receiving a 2013 Deadly award nomination for Most Promising New Talent In Music.
The success of their innovative style of Indigenous music continued for the soul sisters, who ended up winning the 2015 Indigenous WAM Song of the Year for their single “Ready to Love”.
It’s no surprise The Merindas would go on to support some of Australia’s biggest stars, including, among others, Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Isaiah Firebrace as well as supporting International Grammy Award winning artist, Brandy in 2016.
Whilst directing workshops with Indigenous communities across Australia and touring throughout 2017, the in-demand Merindas are also headlining fashion show runways, recently for the Commonwealth Games Intertwined Fashion Show.
Along with ARIA award winning co-producer Dazastah from Downsyde and new upcoming talent producer Jake Benjamin The Merindas are currently working on their debut album in their new home-based studio.