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Chris Tamwoy announces his debut full-length album Reality Is
Torres Strait Islander, singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso, Chris Tamwoy announces his debut full-length album Reality Is and first taste off the album “Monkey & Tortol”.
Chris is an impressive self-taught guitarist with a unique playing style and sound.
Chris has pulled together a soulful collection of emotive instrumentals and intelligently written songs, featuring Traditional stories and language with sophisticated and organic arrangements touching on soul, folk, indi and reggae.
It’s a unique full length record that plays homage to Chris’s own playing style. His use of complex rythms and double handed fingertapping takes a traditional folk instrument into a high energy and mesmerising new sound that leads the listener to believe they must be hearing a complex web of layered guitars, when in fact these are all live performances on just one guitar.
“Monkey & Tortol” is a meaningful track to Chris. It was no question that this had to be the first song to share off the upcoming debut.
“Monkey and Tortol” is a happy upbeat song with that island reggae feel, it’s a classic Torres Strait Islander nursery rhyme. For generations our parents used to sing this song to the kids in the islands.
One Direction, Justin Bieber, Baby Shark weren’t the songs around when I was a little boy, songs like “Monkey & Tortol” were. I’m so happy to have a studio band present for this track and most of my songs – especially my older sister, Miss Danielle Reuben and my younger cousin sister, Miss Tania-Rose Gibuma, who are both doing backing vocals on all my vocal tracks. I am honoured to share this project and experience with them.” says Chris.
Reality Is is an album which reflects Chris’s strong Islander identity and personal history. Songs are inspired by family members, role models and real life experience from Chris’s childhood, schooling and young adult years.
The few cover-songs included are meaningful Torres Straight Island songs for Chris and his family, and many TSI families.
“The album’s really a reflection of me, my identity, family, totems and the challenges that shaped me. It includes 4 different languages on there, with some songs inspired by family, friends and some reflecting on the tough times I faced as a teenager, originally from the Torres Strait Islands, then growing up in Logan Central, which I highly consider the turning point in my life. The instrumental songs reflect those moments and are played directly from the heart – changing pain into music.” Chris states.
Chris further adds: “This album overall is about turning negativity into positivity. It’s a milestone reached after years of creating music to help heal the broken 17 year old kid, to the young 23 year old I am today. It has messages of positivity and love, proving that tho I may have failed at times, I have success now with a positive mind set.”
The band tracks on the album see the guitar playing take a humble and mature role supporting the song structures without trying to steal the show, until it’s time.
And then its time! Its a soulful collection of emotive instrumentals and intelligently written songs featuring traditional stories and language with sophisticated and organic arrangements touching on soul, folk, indie and reggae.
Chris will play a selection of songs from the album live at Australian Music Week which will take place on November 6-10.
Chris’s showcase will be today on the 8th November. For more details please visit: http://australianmusicweek.com/
Chris is one of those rare artists who is not only a virtuoso in his musical abilities, but an outstanding cultural leader and role model for so many. This humble young man’s music, personality and vibe is unforgettable.
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