Carissa Nyalu

Image: Myaree Iluka

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

Carissa uses song as a medium to share stories.

She is the vessel in which her ancestors travel through to speak.

Carissa expresses this through singing in language as well as taking you on a journey to a place where you can feel her deep connection to her ancestral roots.

Her love for being out on Country mixed with stories of her family and culture 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, 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 Aboriginal Association, Yumaanda Gathering, Isol-aid Festival, Medicine Songs for Still Here RRR, Moomba Festival, Aboriginal Victoria Honour Role, NAIDOC week events, Brunswick Music Festival, Shed Sessions for Hills are Alive Festival supporting Ash Grunwald, The Croxton supporting Liz Stringer, plus many more.

Carissa has recently released her debut single, Ocean Air, produced by Ryan Luckhurst.

Carissa also works at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne as a Cultural Awareness Educator and is a mother of a 6 year old girl and works as a volunteer on the committee for Woman Djeka Balnarring Ngargee Festival in Balnarring. She loves spending her free time connecting to 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 shows:

Chasing Ghosts Homelands Colonies Tour with special guests, Robert Champion and Carissa Nyalu at the Cherry Bar Melbourne, Saturday 31 July

Check out a live performance of Carissa singing her song, Wanyarra at Willum Warrain’s Sorry Day Ceremony.

For more information on bookings and fees contact

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

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