Award-winning Indigenous hip-hop pioneer, Brothablack, will perform at the two-day free public Bumehla Festival at Broadwater Parklands, Southport, on the eve of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars event this weekend.

The Bumehla Festival will be run on Friday and Saturday, ahead of the clash between the NRL and Indigenous All Stars, at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on Saturday night and features a line-up of Australia’s most talented Indigenous performers.

Brothablack, who marked his long-awaited return to the music scene with the album “More Than a Feeling”, will perform on the main stage on both afternoons of the free public festival being run by the NRL and Queensland Government.

Brothablack has a long history working in remote and urban Aboriginal communities teaching hip- hop and helping mentor young people to assert their skills in the subculture. He continues to develop his own musical/artistic output while actively promoting and encouraging younger and emerging Indigenous hip-hop artists.

The Bumehla festival also features headline act Dan Sultan and other talented Indigenous performers including Bangarra Dance Theatre, hip hop performer Brothablack and pop duo Microwave Jenny, culminating in a live telecast of the game on a giant screen.

Other festival entertainment includes the official jersey presentation of the Indigenous All Stars team as well as a Learn Earn Legend! Indigenous Employment Expo, One Community Junior League clinics, Indigenous art workshops, Bush tucker cooking demonstrations, dance workshops, Indigenous local yarns and stories, traditional food and craft, kids rides and activities. The festival will be open to the public from 12pm–8.30pm on Friday and 11am–10pm on Saturday.