11 Mar, 2011 Last updated: 09 Dec, 2014

Indigenous singer Ruby Hunter's life will be celebrated in Moomba's closing act

Some of Australia’s most talented Indigenous artists will perform in celebration of the life of Indigenous singer-songwriter Ruby Hunter at the closing act of this year’s Melbourne Moomba Festival this Monday, 14 March.

Ruby, a proud Ngarrindjeri woman from South Australia, was a pioneering Indigenous musician and the first Indigenous woman in the country to sign a major recording deal in the early 1990s.  Sadly, she passed away suddenly in February 2010, aged 55, in the arms of her partner, soulmate and musical collaborator, Archie Roach.

Some of the country’s greatest Indigenous musicians, including Archie Roach, Uncle Jimmy Little, Dan Sultan, Amy Saunders, Lou Bennett and Sally Dastey from Tiddas will perform at the Nukkan Ya Ruby concert, to pay tribute to this very special Australian. Iconic Australian artists Paul Kelly, Renee Geyer, Shane Howard will also lend their voices to the impressive lineup.

VicHealth will fund the free event, and Acting CEO Associate Professor John Fitzgerald said the concert provides a chance for Australians from all cultures to celebrate the life of an influential Indigenous Australian.

“Strong cultural identity is an essential component of Aboriginal health and wellbeing, and we’re proud to support initiatives that foster Indigenous artists and bring people from diverse backgrounds together.

“The Nukkan Ya Ruby concert not only showcases some of the country’s best Indigenous talent, but also provides an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to come together and enjoy an evening of stories and song,” he said.

Nukkan Ya Ruby will also mark the launch of Ruby’s Foundation, an organisation is dedicated to creating opportunities for Indigenous people through the promotion, celebration, and support of Indigenous arts and culture. To honour Ruby’s commitment to her culture and her people, and to continue her legacy, Archie Roach has established Ruby’s Foundation in her memory.

The Nukkan Ya Ruby concert will be held at the Moomba main stage, Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne on Monday 14 March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

For the full MOOMBA program, visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au