A new World Music Café enterprise will be launched on Saturday 21 September at the Gosnells Bowling Club on international ‘Playing for Change’ Day.

The multicultural supper club style concert features a diversity of musicians from all over Perth and showcases an exciting mix of global food and music.

World Music Café is part of a Multicultural Enterprise Development project by Multicultural Futures and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre and supported by the Federal government’s Try Test Learn Fund. 

The aim of the World Music Cafe initiative is to celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism and assist new migrants to develop new enterprise ideas that will help them engage with their communities.

“We are so excited to be helping to create the World Music Café in Perth,” said Multicultural Futures CEO, Stuart Tomlinson.

“Each event will be an amazing collaboration of local culture sharing food and music from around the world right here in our community”, he said.

On 21 September, the World Music Café will present four high quality world music acts including traditional Chinese duo Crystal Jade, featuring Stella Huang on yangqin and Merlin Ma on flute; classical Indian fusion by Gurpreet Singh on tabla and Glenn Rogers on his unique sitar-guitar; plus the extraordinary Zambian hip hop singer Chisenga, who has just returned from performing at last month’s African 39th Southern African Development Community Summit in Tanzania. There will also be a special performance by Hazara musician Asad Alizada playing the dambora, a 16th century traditional instrument.

Tickets are $16 to $25 and includes the concert and supper.  Discounts are available for early ticket purchases and group bookings.  Go to Eventbrite World Music Café for details.

The World Music Café enterprise project is joined by local community partner United in Diversity, working with Multicultural Futures and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre.


For further information, images or interviews contact Jon Cope, Social Enterprise Facilitator at Multicultural Futures, email Jon.C@multiculturalfutures.org.au or call mobile 0408 855 431 or the office on 9336 8282.

World Music Café – Saturday 21 September 2019, Gosnells Bowling Club

Artist Biographies

Crystal Jade – Traditional Chinese Trio

Crystal Jade perform traditional and contemporary Chinese instrumental music.  The trio features the extraordinary musicianship of Stella Huang on the yangqin, the Chinese hammer dulcimer, Merlin Ma on bamboo flutes, and Malcolm Mah on double bass and percussion. They formed in 2016 and have performed in a number of community concerts and festivals across Perth. In 2018, they performed at the Fairbridge Festival and received a standing ovation. https://www.facebook.com/crystaljadetrio/

Gurpreet Singh and Glenn Rogers – Classical Indian-Australian Fusion

Gurpreet Singh and Glenn Rogers are accomplished musicians collaborating on a cross cultural fusion of Indian and world jazz music genres. They first performed together in the Australian-Indian group ‘Naad’ in the early 2010’s.   Their unique style is a sophisticated blend of Indian Classical ragas intertwined with western jazz stylings. Gurpreet plays complex tabla rhythms embellished by Glenn’s extraordinary sitar-guitar instrumentation and will be joined by special guests.


Chisenga – African Hip Hop & MC

Chisenga Gander Katongo is a Grammy-recognised award winning entertainer from Lusaka in Zambia. He was introduced to hip hop at an early age and released the first Zambian hip hop album. He performed at the Channel-O Music Awards, the MTV Base World Cup event and lived in Los Angles. Since migrating to Perth, he has been performing at several festivals including the State of the Art festival and the Beaufort Street Festival.  He has been collaborating with other hip hop artists including Zimbabwean-born dancer and music producer Arnold Tafadzwa Musa (80EM) and Indian Hip Hop artist Pace D Rapper.  In August 2019, Chisenga was invited back to Africa to perform at the 39th Southern African Development Community Summit in Tanzania.  http://chisenga.co

Chisenga will be the MC for the World Music café launch event.

Asad Alizada – Hazara Dambora

Asad Alizada plays the dambora, a traditional 16th Century two-stringed instrument made from a mulberry tree.  His music is ballad story songs and love songs about the Hazara people, their history and culture.  A former policemen in Afghanistan, Asad lost his sight when he was shot during the Afghan war and is now blind.  He migrated to Australia in 2014 and initially lived in Tasmania, before relocating to Perth with his wife and children.

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