Ryka Ali


"They loved it, and they learned. Best Aboriginal performance we've ever had!."

Sylvania Public School

"My students just loved the performance, especially the dancing. It was a great insight into Aboriginal culture and traditions. Very entertaining. There was never a dull moment. Great Work!"

Orchard Hills Public School

"Students were engaged and enthusiastic! The performers had a lovely way of creating energy within the students (positive energy that is!). Loved the interactive dancing! The students were excited and full of energy to A: go up on stage or B: watch their friends. Students learnt things they didn't know."

St Francis Xavier High School

"All students were attentive and enjoyed the performance. They participated enthusiastically. Both Ryka and his grandmother were friendly, happy people who passed this feeling onto the students during this performance."

Summer Hill Public School


with Ryka Ali


Ryka Ali's heritage stems from the Wuthathi tribe of Shellburne Bay, Cape York and from the Torres Strait Islands. A winner in the Young, Black and Deadly Talent Quest (2003) he is a very proud ambassador for Australia’s Indigenous youth. Ryka has performed at various festivals and cultural showcases around the world. Most recently he has been working with his grandmother Cindy, presenting Indigenous workshops in schools throughout Australia.

Ryka has released a self-titled CD featuring hip-hop/urban sounds combined with the didgeridoo.


Ryka’s performance reveals the richness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands cultures. A presentation in two parts, reflecting both sides of his heritage, the show is entertaining, educational and participation is greatly encouraged.

K-6: Beginning with the Torres Strait Islands, Ryka will perform an introductory dance then talk about the flag. The show includes participatory dances with the students and also presentations and explanations of various instruments, artifacts and costumes specific to the Islands. Ryka will then introduce the Aboriginal culture, ‘painting up’ with ochre (along with student volunteers) and explaining its importance and the significance of the designs. Once again Ryka will perform and teach native dances for audience participation. The flag will be discussed along with instruments pertinent to Aboriginal culture, especially the didgeridoo, ending with a demonstration of the extraordinary versatility of the didgeridoo.

Note: Ryka will require student volunteers as well as wider audience participation.

7-12: Similar to the above, and on request Ryka will also give a short demonstration of the didgeridoo and the amazing sound he has created, including the more modern sounds of the DJ and beat-boxing tailored for the male youths.

Years K-12
55 minutes
$4.00 + 40c gst
$572 ($520 + $52.00 gst if less than 140 students)
Microphones, access to power