Key of Sea

Key of Sea

Join us for an emotional night of storytelling and song. The Key of Sea produces creative projects – albums and journals – that celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. The albums pair established artists with musicians escaping war, hardship or persecution.

In this intimate evening, we’ll hear from Danny Katz, Oslo Davis, Alice Pung, Zakia Baig, Awaz and Murtaza, as they share their work. All proceeds of album and journal sales on the night will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.


Portrait of Awaz


Awaz is a Kurdish musician from the Middle East. He plays traditional Kurdish music on the Baglama and the Kaval. Awaz came to Australia in early 2012 and was a member of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. He composed and performed with Sophia Brous on the Key of Sea Volume 2 and his performance on that record is the first time he has been at liberty to sing in his original tongue.

Portrait of Zakia Baig

Zakia Baig

Zakia Baig arrived Australia in 2006 as an overseas student, and one among the thousands of Hazaras who left their homes to escape persecution in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A mother of two, Zakia is a Human rights activist and executive director of Australian Hazara Women’s Friendship Network.

Portrait of Murtaza


Murtaza came to Australia from Afghanistan some years ago. He came to this country to escape the Taliban and sought asylum under the Refugee Convention.

Portrait of Danny Katz

Danny Katz

Danny Katz, Canadian-born, came to Australia at a young age. After failed careers as a musician, stand-up comedian and car washer, he finally turned to writing and became a newspaper columnist for the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Western Australian.

Portrait of Oslo Davis

Oslo Davis

Oslo Davis is an illustrator, cartoonist and artist who has drawn for a number of organisations worldwide, including the New York Times, the Age, the MonthlyMeanjin, SBS and the Guardian.

Portrait of Alice Pung

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is the bestselling author of Her Father’s Daughter, which won the 2012 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards, and Unpolished Gem which won the 2007 Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award; and is also published in the UK, Germany, Indonesia and the US. She is also the editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia.

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