Issue 4
Monday, 03 June 2019
Charles Darwin University
Ceenah performs at BASSINTHEGRASS. Image: BASSINTHEGRASS / George F Photography
Ceenah performs at BASSINTHEGRASS. Image: BASSINTHEGRASS / George F Photography

BASS ‘double’ for Alice music student

By Patrick Nelson

Central Australian songstress Ceenah has given Darwin's Mindil Beach the thumbs-up as a concert venue after her second BASSINTHEGRASS performance in the Top End recently.

Ceenah, a Certificate III in Music student at Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs, said she sensed a strong vibe during her midday performance, which included two original songs and several covers.

“I liked it better than the Amphitheatre; I had a good feeling about the place (Mindil Beach) as a concert venue,” she said.

Ceenah (aka Sinafoni Naufahu) is one of few artists to have performed at both Bass venues, “qualifying” in each of the past two years by winning the solo section in the Battle of the Schools Bands grand final.

She said that a “brief hello” to fellow performer Mallrat, and a conversation with members of Kiwi band Six60, were highlights for her.

“We talked about their music, their career and how their bass player would one day like to return to Darwin to live. I’m a big fan of Six60,” she said.

Ceenah said she would now focus on completing her music certificate and finishing Year 12, although she was invited back to Darwin in September to perform in the 40th celebration of the Beat Festival.

“The song 'Soldier’, one of my originals, which is about teenage bullying, believing in yourself and staying strong, was chosen to be the theme song for this year’s Beat Festival theme 'Forte', meaning strong.

“It will be accompanied by a full orchestra band and choir of 300 music students,” she said.