Carissa Nyalu

Image: Myaree Iluka

Carissa is a Yort Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung singer/songwriter based on Boonwurrung Country on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.

Her love for the being on country & out in nature, mixed with stories about family and trauma make for some raw and real acoustic songs that come straight from the soul.

Carissa has performed at a variety of events, festivals, conferences and live music venues such as The Post Office Hotel, The Retreat Hotel, The Gasometer, The Northcote Social Club, Koorie Krismas at Federation Square, Peninsula Hot Springs, Louisa Briggs Day, Womin djeka Ngargee Balnarring, Djab Wurrung Protection Embassy, Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation, Willum Warrain and Nairm Marr Djambana Aboriginal Associations, Isol-aid Festival, Medicine Songs for Still Here RRR, plus many more.

Carissa is currently set to release her debut single this January, Ocean Air, produced by Ryan Luckhurst.

Carissa also works at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne as a Cultural Awareness Educator and at Bunjilwarra drug and alcohol healing centre for Aboriginal Youth as the Cultural Coordinator and is a mother of a 5 year old girl. She also works as a volunteer on the committee for Woman Djeka Balnarring Ngargee Festival in Balnarring. She loves spending her free time connecting with her Country, community and culture, surfing, camping, reading and bushwalking. This is where she draws inspiration for her songwriting. The earthy tones in her voice entwine with her guitar playing and song lyrics.

Upcoming gigs:

LANDBACK Festival, Atherton Gardens, Fitzroy, Saturday 23 Jan, 3pm

Yumaanda Festival, Lake Eildon, Sunday 24 Jan, 9:30am

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For more information on bookings and fees contact or call 0407247757.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Country and pay our respects to our Elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.


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