Drapht to bring WA Symphony Orchestra to Karratha for performance at the Red Earth Arts Precinct

David Cusworth & Alexander ScottPilbara News
Perth rapper Drapht (Paul Reid) inside the Perth Concert Hall
Simon Santi The West Australian
Camera IconPerth rapper Drapht (Paul Reid) inside the Perth Concert Hall Simon Santi The West Australian Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Hip-hop star Drapht’s Karratha love affair will continue with a new twist, with the artist bringing the WA Symphony Orchestra along with him for a unique gig in the Pilbara.

The two combined for a retrospective on Drapht’s 20-year award-winning career, How the West was Won, on November 18 at the Perth Concert Hall, and will hit the road to Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Goldfields Arts Centre on May 19 2023 and Karratha’s Red Earth Arts Precinct on September 1.

Drapht is well known in the Pilbara, having toured the region extensively, including performances in Exmouth, Dampier and Port Hedland last year in support of his album Shadows and Shinings.

WASO will also take a classical program to Mandurah and Bunbury on March 3 and 4, featuring Dvorak’s ever-popular New World Symphony, but the Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Karratha dates are the orchestra’s first contemporary tours.

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“I’ve played Karratha and a lot of the west coast over the last 20 years, but I guess not at this scale and also not at these venues,” Drapht said.

“I’m so used to just rolling into a town and playing a pub or a night club and this time it’s going to be concert halls.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a fun one and it’s also going to be a different demographic. WASO will bring their people and I’ll bring my listenership and we’ll see.”

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