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The Merindas


The Merindas are a Contemporary R&B/Electropop duo that present a much anticipated show never seen before on the Australian music scene. They’re the synthesis of warrior queen, bringing an on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive and beautiful music dedicated to the preservation of Indigenous language and culture in a modern form. 

The Merindas are Candice Lorrae of Jawoyn and Thursday Islander heritage (born Darwin NT) and Nyoongar Ballardong Whadjuk woman Kristel Kickett (from Tammin WA). They discovered their mutual passion for music in Perth more than 7 years ago. Now based in Melbourne, these soul sisters are set to trail-blaze their innovative style of Indigenous music.

The group formed in Perth singing Motown hits for the premiere of The Sapphires in 2012. They went on to sell out shows, receive a 2013 Deadly award nomination, win the Indigenous WAM Song of the Year, and headline major corporate events, festivals and fashion shows along with supporting some of Australia’s biggest stars – including Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Mojo Juju and International Grammy Award-winning artist, Brandy. 

With a global movement in Women Empowerment and LGBTQ communities push for Equality, the duo have taken on the mission to improve self worth and inspiring others to do the same. This is prevalent in everything that is ‘The Merindas’. The duo deliver workshops in remote and rural communinties across Australia to work with young Indigenous women in building confidence and creative leadership skills through fashion, dance and modelling.  

Since their feel good 2016 single release ‘We Sing Until Sunrise’, Candice and Kristel have been writing and compiling banger tracks with ARIA award-winning producer Dazastah from Downsyde. Now, two years in the making with master producers Frank Eliesa (Auckland) and Jake Steele (Melbourne), The Merindas are set to fire up new releases in late 2019, heading into 2020 with a debut album release. 

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