Christine Anu: Festival of Voices, Hobart (REWIND)

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Australia’s own Soul Diva, Christine Anu will perform an intimate version of her acclaimed REWIND: The Aretha Franklin Songbook show on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July 2013 at Tasmania’s largest winter cultural event – Festival of Voices.

Festival of Voices features artists from all over the globe.  Whether your taste is choral or cabaret, story-telling, hip-hop:, you’ll find something to savour at the Festival of Voices.

Utilizing Hobart’s finest venues in the heritage Salamanca Place precinct, the Festival offers two main streams – The performance Program and Workshop Series.

With scores of events, hundreds if singers and thousands of participants, we’re bringing the warmth to Hobart with winter’s favourite festival. The Festival of Voices delivers learning and performance opportunities for all ages and abilities, and in doing so provides a truly transformative experience of participation and involvement.

With the last run of dates in 2012 selling out and receiving rave reviews, Christine and her band are returning with an intimate, up-close version of the show. REWIND is Christine Anu’s tribute to the Queen of soul Aretha Franklin. REWIND – The Aretha Franklin Songbook is a special show unlike anything Christine has done before.

In this must-see performance, Anu conjures soulful interpretations of Aretha’s most memorable songs including the signature tunes Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman as well as Chain of Fools, Today I Sing The Blues and many other unforgettable classic melodies. “Nobody says it or sings it better than Ms. Aretha Franklin. She is one of my greatest influences and an inspiration to black pride and feminine empowerment. I truly believe she is the greatest soul singer of our time!” says Christine, who provides all the grace, glitz and vocals of a true diva and is sure to captivate audiences from the start. REWIND – The Aretha Franklin Songbook was also released in CD and Digital formats at the end of 2012, allowing Aretha fans to take home Christine’s interpretations of these classic tunes.

Australia’s iconic Indigenous entertainer, Christine Anu has been delighting Australian audiences for two decades with an award-winning repertoire spanning across music, theatre, dance, film, television and children’s entertainment and has garnered accolades in all quarters of show business, including a Green Room Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Rent and the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical at the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards. Anu is also a multi-ARIA nominee and recipient, including 1995 Song of the Year for My Island Home, 1996 Best Female Artist for Stylin Up and 1998 Best Video for Bazmark’s Now Until the Break of Day with David Hobson. Anu is also an eight-time Deadly Award recipient. During an illustrious career spanning more than two decades, Christine has amassed a multitude of achievements, including platinum albums, sell-out musicals, Hollywood blockbusters, and high-profiled collaborations with showbiz and musical luminaries such as Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), Paul Kelly and David Atkins.

The REWIND show is a rare chance for audiences to see Christine in an intimate setting as she performs tracks that has inspired her throughout her stellar career.

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