Australian Embassy

Media Release - 24/4/2015

Australian hip-hop and funk band excites Vietnamese Festive Season


An Australian hip-hop and funk band, the Fonke Knomaads, will be performing for students of the Hanoi University and its neighbouring schools in Hanoi, as well as at the Food and Culture Festival and the Firework Festival in Danang in late April. They will also run a workshop on sound and lighting techniques for students of the Hanoi Academy of Stage and Screen and pay a visit to Birla Children’s village, an orphanage centre in Hanoi.

To spice up the coming summer, the Fonke Knomaads is going to rock with students of the Hanoi University tonight, Friday 24 April in heavy on funk beats and breaks with a great party vibe. For many students of this university are following studying programs of the Victoria University and La Trope University of Australia in Vietnam, this is a wonderful chance them to enjoy music and practise their English skills at the same time in an Australian relaxing style.

While in Hanoi, Fonke Knomaads will also have a chance to share their knowledge and experience in sound and lighting set up techniques with students at the Hanoi Academe of Stage and Screen. “I am glad that beside introducing Australian music to Vietnamese audience, the band will contribute to the development of this technical area which is still in its early stage in Vietnam” said HE Mr Hugh Borrowman, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam.

Birla Children’s Village is another destination of the band. Saving time from their busy schedule at a weekend, Fonke Knomaads’ artists will come to show their love and care for the children of the centre. DJ of the band, John Blake said “What we can do for the kids this time is actually very limited in comparison to what they need for their life but we hope that our music and our presence there will make them feel happy and accompanied and that people out there do care about them”.

Following the Hanoi program, the band is performing at Danang Festivals. At the Opening of the Food and Culture Festival in Danang, visitors will enjoy dancing in Fonke Knomaads’ super fun and groovy party music while tasting Australian wine and food. Their music together with performance by Howard and Son Fireworks will bring a lively contemporary Australian culture conner to the Danang Fireworks Festival this year.

In addition to the band’s activities, Danang visitors at the Food and Culture Festival will have chances to receive different souvenir items from the Australian Embassy when they have photos taken with the Australian information panel which features a beautiful aboriginal painting of the platypus, a unique Australian animal.

Made up of DJ Soup & MC TeOp, Fonke Knomaads has risen to the top of the Australian Hip Hop Funk Fraternity being cemented as founders of the genre and artistic boundary pushers both in their recorded body of work and with their explosive live shows.

For further information, please contact Ms Viet Anh at (84)903423440 or [email protected].