Baraya Records Launch

On Thursday 8 March, Baraya Records officially launched.

Launch day kicked off with a Music Industry Panel at the Conservatorium of Music for 120 University of Newcastle Bachelor of Music students. The panel consisted of some very special guests: Managing Director of BMG Heath Johns, JJJ DJ and Producer KLP, classical guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske and Baraya Records artist David Leha. Together the panel shared invaluable insights into what it takes to forge a successful music career and their best advice to students to assist them in their journey.  Performances by Bruce Mathiske and David Leha with KLP, showed the students what is possible with hard work and dedication to their craft.

That evening, Baraya Records hit the Cambridge Hotel with an all-star line-up of some of Newcastle and Australia’s most promising acts.

Kicking off the night was singer songwriter Waria. A current University of Newcastle Bachelor of Music student, Kat Waria has performed on many stages all over the country, most recently at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and Festival of Indigenous Rugby League for the NRL. Tonight Bachelor of Music student Aaron White accompanied her on guitar.

Next up was Chris Tamwoy who came all the way from Brisbane for this show. You may have seen Chris on Australia’s Got Talent a couple of years ago and wow, what a set! Chris’s unique playing style and soulful songs left the crowd wanting more. Come back soon Chris!

Before David Leha hit the stage, we heard from some special guests, Head of School of Creative Industries Professor Paul Egglestone who officially launched Baraya Records, followed by Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon and Newcastle City Councillor Carol Duncan to say a few words. Newcastle certainly has the coolest pollies in Australia as not only did these two throw their support behind Baraya and keeping live music alive in Newcastle, they stayed on the dancefloor for most of the night!

David Leha wowed everyone with his performance of “Yanaya”, alongside members of Echology and it was so cool to see a choir conducted at the Cambridge! David’s voice and on stage presence is nothing less than breathtaking. Next up was “Louder than Words”, the first song to be released on Baraya Records. Check out the video for Louder than Words here

Jacob Ridgeway is a singer/songwriter/performer based in Newcastle, and is of First Nations (Worimi and Kamilaroi) descent. Jacob’s style is a contemporary-pop fusion of raspy soulful vocals with country-inspired lyricism, inspired by Troy Cassar-Daley, Keith Urban, Justin Timberlake and Boyz II Men. Performing alongside mates and other Bachelor of Music students and alumni, Jacob gave it everything backed by a huge sound from the band.

Finally, The Last Kinection took the stage in a rare Newcastle performance. MC’s Weno and Nay, with DJ and Producer Jayteehazard, have established themselves as an empowering lyric-driven group with melodic production and progressive hip-hop feel, led with Indigenous heart and soul. Tackling issues facing Australia has become part of their mantra. Great humour and captivating entertainment is what gives TLK’s personality such charm. TLK delivered and left everyone on the dance floor with Jayteehazard, one of Newcastle’s finest DJs.

Check out some pics of the night here and if you would like to listen to some of the songs from the night, give our playlist a whirl!

"Thank you to all our incredible musicians who made this a gig like no other, and to everyone who came along to support the beginning of Baraya Records. The future of Newcastle music is bright thanks to you all."