NITV showcases Indigenous funnies next month with its first ever comedy show, Express Yourself with Sean Choolburra and Friends. February will also see another helping of food series Kriol Kitchen and the channel will spotlight world Indigenous music in Our Songs.
Tanya Denning-Orman, NITV Channel Manager, says: “February is an exciting month for NITV, a celebration of Indigenous food, music and comedy. We are thrilled to bring our first ever comedy show to air, offering a national platform to Indigenous talent from across Australia. We’re also looking forward to sharing more food and music with viewers through Kriol Kitchen and Our Songs.”
Black Fridays (13 February, March and November) are all about humour in 2015 with NITV’s first ever comedy show, Express Yourself with Sean Choolburra and Friends. Hosted by Sean Choolburra, in front of a live studio audience, this two-part series presents some of the best Indigenous comedians from across the country, alongside musical performances by Maupower and Dizzy Doolan.
Episode one (13 February, 9pm) sees laughs from Queensland’s loveable rouge Sam Conway, Torres Strait Island gem Diat Alferinkand Adelaide’s irrepressible Kevin Kropinyeri, with episode two (13 March, 9pm) featuring Brisbane rising star Matt Ford, zany Adelaide diva Deborah Bland and New South Wales’ very own funny man Andrew Saunders. Black Friday, every Friday 13 across the year, is the culmination of the Black List on NITV, a series of Australian and international movies stripped across the week.
Returning with more tasty treats, Kriol Kitchen (Wednesdays from 4 February, 8.30pm) is back sampling the culinary delights of Broome. Blending food, culture and family stories, sisters Ali and Mitch Torres delve into the world of Kriol cuisine, which due to the historic past of the pearling industry, is a melting pot of influences from Aboriginal Australia, Malaysia, China, Japan and the Philippines. Travelling around the Broome area, the sisters meet with families who share their cooking styles and recipes, including spicy Malay chicken, chilli crayfish, black bean fish with cabbage and mango cheesecake with bush passionfruit.
With WOMADelaide approaching in March, NITV will shine its own spotlight on world Indigenous music in new series Our Songs. Produced in partnership with members of the World Indigenous Television Broadcast Network, the series will see three panel hosts, Catherine Satour, Carly Wallace and Yatu Widders Hunt, crit-and-review an eclectic range of performances by Indigenous artists from across the globe. Part of the 2013 WITBN Songlines Music Project, the series is collaboration between international Indigenous television broadcasters, who have created individual music clips with new, emerging and established artists.