Timor to hit world stage

Ego Lemos will share the East Timorese spirit at World Stages in Lismore in October.
Ego Lemos will share the East Timorese spirit at World Stages in Lismore in October.

Ego Lemos is from East Timor and has lived through Portugese colonial rule, Indonesian occupation and Timorese independence. He became an environmentalist and a voice for his people.

Ego also has an ability to musically express the East Timorese spirit (both the joy and the trauma) in a positive and melodic manner.

Australian film director Robert Connolly (The Boys, The Bank, Three Dollars) asked Ego to write a song for his film Balibo which was screened in 2009. After reading the book Cover-Up: the Story of the Balibo Five by Jill Jolliffe that night and going to sleep with the young men firmly on his mind, Ego woke at 3am and penned the song Balibo by 7am.

Later that year Balibo won Best Original Song Composed for Screen at the 2009 APRA-AMCOS Screen Awards.

Ego Lemos is one of the seven acts at the World Stages Festival at Lismore City Hall on Saturday, October 6, from 1-10pm.

Also performing at this cultural spectacular are Grace Barbe (Seychelles), Vivulation (Latin), Supafresh (hip hop), La Bella Italia (Italy), Tommee (Indonesia), and Blakboi (from Australia).

Food stalls will dish up African, Indian and Brazilian feasts.

Tickets are $47/40/20 (children under 5 are free) from or phone 1300 066 772.

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