Arriving in Australia in 1987, Trevelyn Brady is from the Matabele people of Zimbabwe in South eastern Africa. She is known for her role in the Indigenous band Banawurun. In 2006 they won Band of the Year at the Deadly Awards, an annual celebration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements across music, sport, entertainment and community.
Trevelyn’s professionalism shines through in all her artistic endeavours. Along with many Australian festival performances, she has also performed abroad and her powerful voice is much sought after in the recording studio. Her well-hone talents have seen her perform across a range of diverse musical venues and projects. A commanding onstage presence captivates her audiences as she fully immerses herself in lyric, groove and song.
Trevelyn Brady recent fulfilled a lifelong dream when Sounds of AustraNesia shared a concert stage with South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir – the two uniting in an inspiring musical finale.
One of the major ethnic groups of modern day Zimbabwe is the Ndebele who reside mainly in the three provinces of Matabeleland. They are historically related to the Zulu tribe of present South Africa. In the 1830s, they are established an ethnically diverse regional empire called Mthwakazi under the leadership of the Mzilikazi Khumalo and controlled a sizeable land area.
However, when gold deposits were found in the general area in 1867, expansionist European colonists and businesses from Southern Africa became covetous in the region’s resources. The British arch imperialist and capitalist Cecil Rhodes spearheaded the drive to occupy the area and two wars, known as the Matabele Wars of the 1890s, were fought to secure control for the British South Africa Company.
In 1923 Southern Rhodesia was incorporated into the British Empire and the minority European population was able to enact ever more discriminatory race-based laws that disadvantaged the majority African population. In 1965 Rhodesia declared its independence from Britain but a combination of international sanctions and armed resistance by groups of freedom fighters lead to the eventual end of European ruled Rhodesia. The new nation of Zimbabwe was established in 1980 but increasingly autocratic government under the Shona-supported president Robert Mugabe and tension between the Shona and Ndebele ethnic groups have lead to internal military conflict and ongoing instability, exacerbated by pervasive economic decline.