The 29-year-old Sydney-born Tamworth-raised Melbourne-based Gamilaraay and Birri Gubba man blew viewers away on Australia’s Got Talent, using his indigenous heritage to reinvent an Aussie classic.
Singing John Farnham’s You’re The Voice in his native Gamilaraay language, the inspiring performance landed Tambo in the finals of the competition.
Now, Tambo is battling to bring his fusion of native language, music and dance with electro-beats to a world stage, competing to represent Australia in Eurovision.
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The song he hopes will get him there, ‘Together’, is one with an almighty message, he explains.
“Together is a song that’s been constructed to align with my message and purpose,” Tambo told 7news.
“At the moment, there’s a lot of statistics that tell us that we are overrepresented in suicide, incarceration, and domestic violence. These are all statistics that don’t discriminate.
“If we can all come together and love one another and learn from one another, there’s great hope that we can break through these overrepresentations and really love and support one another, and move forward collectively.”
Speaking of his position as one of the 10 artists competing for a chance to make the country proud in the Netherlands, he said should he be crowned, his goal would be to spread his message of inclusion far and wide.
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“If I could just get there and be able to deliver my message and speak to the world about what we can do if we can just come together, it would just mean the world.”
He’s up against fellow Australia’s Got Talent star Jack Vidgen, The Voice winner Diana Rouvas, Jordan Ravi, Jaguar Jonze, Casey Donovan, Vanessa Amorosi, iOTA, Montaigne.
The talents will battle it out for the crown in Saturday’s Eurovision – Australia Decides competition.
Tambo has certainly become a talent to watch since impressing on the AGT stage, having recently signed a contract with Sony Music Australia.
But before his success last year, Tambo was making waves within his community, having established True Culture; a program that empowers young people to explore their identity through cultural performance, mentor workshops, and art experiences for children in foster care or on the brink of juvenile justice.
Of the lead-up to Saturday’s competition, he said: “I’m so blessed to be here, even if this position. There are so many great artists that are going to be on stage this weekend. To have the Netherlands right there in my sight, it’s just out of this world.”
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 airs Saturday at 8.30pm, on SBS.