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Ajak kwai
Ajak Kwai
Ajak Kwai
Ajak kwai
Ajak kwai
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VICTORIA (VIC)
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Traditional love song, Sang in Arabic.

Icon of Australian Sudanese Music.
Ajak’s music is inspiring and soulful, infused with funky afro-beats representing the depth and richness of her South Sudanese roots. Her performances are filled with vibrant sounds and her distinctive voice has mesmerized audiences nationally and internationally.




Singing in Arabic, Sudanese or English, Ajak conjures a vivid picture of her Dinka heritage. Music is the vehicle for her stories of extraordinary life experiences as a refugee, exiled from her home and her family. Her moving tales of exile, hope, freedom, love, and cows - beloved animals of the Dinka - in turn, reflect her optimism and belief in the best of human nature.
Ajak has performed at festivals and events around the country, most recently at the 2015 Port Fairy Festival, Alice Springs' Eye of the Storm Writers' Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and The Age Music Awards.
Ajak debuts at WOMADelaide in 2016 and will follow up with the release of her third CD Of Cows, Women, and War. A /storybook of the same name will be published in early-2016 bringing a rare and very personal glimpse into the vanishing world of the nomad Dinka of South Sudan, illustrated with photographs capturing a way of life almost destroyed by civil war.

In 2014 Ajak was awarded the African-Australia Community Female Singer of the Year and performed of her one-woman theatrical work Of Cows, Women and War at La Mama theatre (Melbourne) and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Ajak supports numerous organisations advocating for refugees and human 's rights

8 thoughts on “Ajak Kwai”

  1. Ajak Kwai is an incredible performer and artist, a strong community leader and a mentor for women from all walks of life. I hope she wins an awards as she really deserves it.

  2. Ajak Is such a deserving recipient. An absolutely brilliant voice and a woman of strong social justice principles. I first met Ajak through my community development work in the police. Ajak was an important leader within our community and acted as a positive role model for our local young people. She supported a number of our community events, all of which was done on a voluntary basis. Thank you Ajak and best of luck, you deserve this!

  3. Ajak Kwai marks as a musical treasure on the fabric of our diverse African/Australian music scene, let alone our wider community, and on our socio-political landscape. Ajak is a bridge builder through music. A champion towards community cohesion for a farer, better, harmonious society. I say this as a witness via our music performance collaborations in multicultural festivals and projects spanning over 10 years. They include The Boite, Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Pier’s Festival, the Lonsdale St Greek festival, Australia day festival, Seniors festival, International women’s day, Food for thought festival. Ajak’s own performances at WoMade, LaMama, Darebin Music Festival and Fringe Festivals were an expansion of cultural awakening for many . Ajak had also been invited by NGO’s, and Arts organisations for consultation on policies. These include Australia Council of the Arts, Melbourne University Think Tank sessions, and Government Policy for the Arts. Ajak deserves this recognition. Ajak is a trail blazer. Ajak continues to Inspire through her music.

  4. I have worked with Ajak since she arrived in TAS. She has taught me a lot about the music from South Sudan. Her music is a unique blend of the traditional and more general styles. I am grateful to have been involved in some of her early recordings. Ajak’s approach to music is inspirational and comes directly from her heart. I believe her to be the right person to be nominated for the AMA.

  5. Ajak has the most amazing voice singing songs with a traditional Sudanese character. Mostly in her native Arabic but sometimes in English too …

  6. AJAK! The name says it all! Fantastic singer, beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit and voice! I had the pleasure of interviewing Ajak for a Swedish online cultural magazine last year and thus spread the word about her also to Nordic territories. Wherever Ajak goes she will be celebrated for being a true humanitarian and an artist who breathes life into her eclectic South Sudanese music with Arabic influences and who takes the audience to a whole different, spiritual level. A given winner at any event and contest!

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