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Visible Music Mentoring Program

Persian Hip Hop artist Sadegh Raazdar in the studio with his mentor Lotek. Photo by Cesar Rodrigues

Visible is a music mentoring program that has given a kick start to many emerging musicians from refugee and Indigenous backgrounds.

Established by Multicultural Arts Victoria in 2005, Visible aims to open pathways and opportunities for under represented new artists into the music industry.

Many of the Visible artists have come to Australia to escape troubles in their homeland and have faced challenges establishing themselves in Australia despite successful music careers 'back home'.

Visible links participants up with established producers, musicians and industry representatives to open pathways and networks into the music industry.

In many cases both mentor and mentee are learners, as the project offers an opportunity for both to enrich their musical knowledge through the exchange of culturally specific musical styles, rhythms and sounds.

The program also provides skills development, such as mentoring in song writing and web presence, while strengthening portfolio and promotional materials through equipping artists with a professionally recorded track, electronic press kit and high quality press shots.

Performance skills are also enhanced throughout the year through opportunities such as the Emerge Festival and other MAV programmed and produced events, along with performances generated through our artist agency.

Visible on Facebook: To stay up to date with the Visible Mentoring Program, see artist and mentors profiles and find out about upcoming gigs and news connect with the Visible Facebook page at facebook.com/VisibleMentoring

Download Visible Booklet


The Visible Mentoring Program is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Scanlon Foundation, City of Melbourne

Visible at Melbourne Festival


Visible Compilation Album

Each year, the professionally recorded tracks recorded as part of the program are compiled on the annual Visible CD. The album showcases the talent and diversity of the program's mentees and the fruits of the strong and enduring relationships developed throughout the project with their mentors and producers.

VISIBLE Volume 1

MAVs Visible CD 1

Visible Volume 1


VISIBLE Volume 2

MAVs Visible CD 2

Visible Volume 2


VISIBLE Volume 3

MAVs Visible CD 3

Visible Volume 3


Koori Visible CD

MAVs Visible Koori CD

Koori Visible CD


VISIBLE Volume 4

MAVs Visible CD 4

Visible Volume 4

VISIBLE Volume 5

MAVs Visible CD 5

Visible Volume 5


VISIBLE Volume 6

MAVs Visible CD 6

Visible Volume 6


VISIBLE Volume 7

MAVs Visible CD 7

Visible Volume 7


VISIBLE Volume 8

MAVs Visible CD 8

Visible Volume 8


VISIBLE Volume 9

MAVs Visible CD 9

Visible Volume 9

The 2013 Visible Mentoring Program

Singer/songwriter Monga Mukasa.
Photo taken as part of the Visible mentoring program by Nicola Dracoulis

The friendships and relationships formed throughout the 2013 program between mentors and participating artists are some of the strongest seen over the eight years of the program. Some of the standout outcomes include the collaboration between Ethiopian bassist and songwriter Yoseph Bekele and mentor Harry Angus (The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson) that has also linked up employment for Yoseph at Jan Skubiszewski's studio (producer for The Cat Empire and Jackson Jackson).

In addition the songwriting mentoring between 17 year old Sinit Tsegay and mentor Jen Cloher has seen Sinit write and compose her first ever song and record it with producer Jason Heerah. The partnership between 19 year old Australian indigenous singer/songwriter Yirrmal and mentor Carlo Santone (Blue King Brown) has now seen Yirrmal develop a strong web presence, be programmed as part of the Woodford Folk Festival 2013 and hooked up working with renowned producer Craig Pilkington (Archie Roach).

The 2013 Visible program mentee and their mentors:

  • Ahmad Saeedi (Iran) mentored by Lotek
  • Aminata Doumbia (Burundi/Ivory Coast) mentored by Jason Heerah
  • Taqi Khan (Afghani Hazara) mentored by Ivan "Choi" Khatchoyan
  • Yirrmal (Indigenous Australian) mentored by Carlo Santone
  • Sinit Tsegay (Ethiopian) mentored by Jen Cloher
  • Aussom Band (Somalia) mentored by Moses Iten
  • Monga Mukasa (Congo) mentored by Jason Heerah
  • Sadegh Ranjibar (Iran) mentored by Lotek
  • Yoseph H. Bekele (Ethiopia) mentored by Harry James Angus
  • Bayenda (Guinea) mentored by Tristan Ludowyk

    2013 also saw the introduction of Blank Tape Music into the project, who documented the recording process and interviewed the artists involved, crafting beautiful promotional videos for the artists.

    They will be released November 27th, available via MAV's vimeo page at: vimeo.com/multiculturalarts.

    Visible Testimonials

    "The Visible project is a well thought out, practical mentoring program that achieves essential real life outcomes for emerging acts."

    "At the end of the program the artist has established some core foundations and is much better placed to deliver their act and actively engage deeper in the music industry and scene."

    "The timelines are realistic, the budget is well spent, the quality and choice of the mentors is appropriate and of a high standard."

    "As a mentor I thoroughly enjoyed the process and felt I was giving my energy in a valuable way, and as a result I have already seen career outcomes and opportunities arise for an exciting new artist." Carlo Santone, Blue King Brown - Visible Mentor 2013

    Past Visible success stories

    Khaled Adbulwahab (right) and Momo (Mohamed Komba) from Diafrix

    Khaled Abdulwahab began with a traineeship at MAV in 2005, and his group Diafrix joined the Visible mentoring program.

    As a result of his work at MAV and in the Visible project, Khaled won the Young Leaders Award at the Australia Council for the Arts 2007 and was also awarded a Masters in Community Cultural Development Scholarship at the Victorian College of the Arts.

    His group Diafrix have become one of the most exciting and original award winning live Hip-Hop acts and have achieved international recognition.

    Dereb Desalegn

    Dereb Desalegn (Ethiopian) was a famous pop star 'back home' and had been Australia for 8 years working as a security guard but had not performed as he thought no one in Australia would be interested in Ethiopian music.

    Through Visible Dereb was able to connect with professional Australian musicians and to successfully establish his own 10 piece Ethio jazz band which has since performed in the Melbourne International Arts Festival, WOMAD (Aust/UK), represented Australia at the National Theatre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and currently touring in Japan.

    Selected Visible events

Visible 8 compilation album - launch

    Visible 8 compilation album - launch

    A symphony of Persian Hip Hop, Hazara beats, Ethio-po and East Arnhem Land roots and soul by emerging musicians from refugee and Indigenous backgrounds. Visible 8 will be officially launched at Loop, featuring acoustic performances from Visible 2013 mentees...more.
Visible Music Showcase

    Visible Music Showcase

    Multicultural Arts Victoria's Visible Music Project comes to Sydney for the first time with a unique line up of Ethiopian, Indian and Afghan musicians performing for one special free show at Sydney's Venue 505. An innovative mentorship program...more.
Visible in the Music Industry Workshop - as part of St Kilda Festival's Artist Development Program

    Visible in the Music Industry Workshop - as part of St Kilda Festival's Artist Development Program

    Visible is a unique mentoring program, run by Multicultural Arts Victoria that has given a kick start to many newly arrived and emerging musicians...more.
Visible Seven Album Release

    Visible Seven Album Release

    A compilation album featuring the sounds of multicultural Melbourne, launched at Visible in a New World conference @ the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) 2012...more.
Visible Music Sessions @ Melbourne Recital Centre

    Visible Music Sessions @ Melbourne Recital Centre

    Starting in June, monthly concerts in the Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre will showcase the extraordinary talents of the producers and mentors who have shared their time and expertise with Visible participants over the past six years...more.
Visible 6 CD Launch @ CERES Environmental Park

    Visible 6 CD Launch @ CERES Environmental Park

    The Visible 6 CD is the culmination of the year-long mentoring program and features the sounds of traditional and contemporary Ethiopia, a worldwide Hip Hop generation, Afro-pop, Sinhalese electro and the powerful Burundi Drummers...more.
    3 December 2011 (rescheduled)
    Visible Sessions @ The Arts Centre Curve Bar

    Visible Sessions at The Arts Centre Curve Bar

    A unique series of FREE jam sessions and rhythmic exchanges exploring rhythm and blues, experimental sounds, European melodies, globalised fusions, afro-beat and jazz...more.
    Mix It Up
    Friday 18 November -
    Friday 16 December 2011
Visible Live to Air @ PBS 106.7FM

    Visible Live to Air @ PBS 106.7FM

    Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with PBS 106.7FM presents Visible Live to Air. Each Thursday before Friday's Visible Session PBS listeners will get a taste of what is to come with a live performance broadcaste on the Breakfast Spread from one of the participating acts...more.
    Mix It Up
    Each Thursday from
    November 17 -
    15 December 2011
KARIBU!  A free Concert launching the annual Visible compilation CD @ CERES

    KARIBU! A free Concert launching the annual Visible compilation CD @ CERES

    Discover some of these unique hidden talents and come celebrate the release of Visible 5 under the summer sky with family and friends with KARIBU! ...more.
    Visible Sessions at Curve Bar

    Visible Sessions at Curve Bar

    Experience this unique series of live music and jam sessions with flavours from all corners of the globe. A fresh mix of local MCs, vocalists, bands, beatmakers and programmers fuse styles to create new Australian sounds in the heart of Melbourne...more.
    Visible Concert 2010

    Visible Concert @ the Arts Centre

    Be part of a musical revolution on Sunday November 21st as contemporary and traditional African cultures come together in a massive showcase at Hamer Hall to launch the annual Visible CD...more.
    Mix It Up
    Visible Session #5: Live @ the Blackbox (Congo Styles)

    Visible Session #5: Live @ the Blackbox (Congo Styles)

    Come down to the Arts Centre's BlackBox and experience Blak Roots - some of the rarest vocal talent to hit our shores in recent times and an all original repertoire of soulful African Reggae tunes. They will be joining forces and voices with the new Congolese crew about town, French rappers the NG Boys and a'cappella group Kundalila... ...more.
    Visible Session #4: Live @ the Blackbox (Pacifica)

    Visible Session #4: Live @ the Blackbox (Pacifica)

    Come down to the Arts Centre's BlackBox and experience the combined talents of singer/song writer Jess Harlen with her soul, roots, urban tracks, the smooth, irresistible sounds of Brown Roots Collective and up and coming urban hip hop & r'n'b crew First Verse with their phat bass, melodic flows and sweet harmonies...more.
    Visible Session #3: Live @ the BlackBox (Black Harmonies)

    Visible Session #3 Live @ the Blackbox (Black Harmonies)

    Experience this live Visible Session @ BlackBox on Sunday August 12 with Kutcha Edwards and Ajak Kwai Band - Black Harmonies...more.
    Visible Concert

    Visible Concert @ the Arts Centre (Free)

    Be part of a musical revolution on Sunday July 26th as contemporary and traditional African cultures come together in a massive showcase at Hamer Hall to launch the annual Visible CD. ...more.
    Visible Session #2: Live @ the Blackbox (Fresh)

    Visible Session #2 Live @ the Blackbox (Fresh)

    Experience the Fresh - Mix It Up Jam session @ the Art Centre's Black Box on Sund 12 July 5pm-8pm as part of MAV's Mix It Up series. Hip Hop, RnB and soulful vibes - upcoming MC's, Vocalists, and Beatmakers mash it up with the veteran MC Elf Tranzporter, and his multi-talented LO2's Fleet featuring DJ TakaCo, Bboy Lamaroc, Vida-Sunshyne, TWOONE...Keepin the dance floor vibes alive - DJ Kuya and Nomadic Funk will lend their skills to an afternoon of jammin', freestylin' and fresh sounds...more.
    Visible Session #1: Live @ the Blackbox (Afro Jazz Hip Hop)

    Visible Session #1: Live @ the Blackbox (Afro Jazz Hip Hop)

    Experience the first of these unique sessions, featuring two unique acts jamming it out live on stage: The Black Jesus Experience, an exciting blend of traditional Ethiopian song with jazz, funk and hip-hop and Culture Connect - a refreshing, upbeat, progressive 7 piece live hip hop act featuring artists from some of the planet's most exotic locations...more.
    Visible Concert (Diafrix)

    Visible Free Concert @ The Arts Centre (Hamer Hall)

    Be part of a musical revolution on Sunday July 20th as contemporary and traditional African, Pacific, West Papuan and Indigenous cultures come together in a massive showcase concert at Hamer Hall to launch the annual Visible CD. Arrive early at 2pm and enjoy an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, digital art and cultural displays from local African, Indigenous and Pacific communities and live performances by Hard Hustle, Afro Habesha Band, St.Bakhita’s Choir and much more...more.

    Visible (pic by Bill Poon)

    Visible with Kutcha Edwards and Jali Buba Kuyateh & Diyaa Looloo: FREE CONCERT

    Presented by the Arts Centre in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria presents as part of Mix It Up. Victoria hosts a wealth of undiscovered performers from all around the world telling their stories through music. This stunning concert celebrates and gives a voice to emerging and established African and Indigenous performers in a massive showcase featuring Kutcha Edwards, Jali Buba Kuyateh & Diyaa Looloo, Nadee and many more...more.

    Visible album cover: bec from Diafrix (pic by Bill Poon)

    VISIBLE: FREE Huge Concert & CD Launch

    Come face to face with some of the hottest new African talents in town and Melbourne’s best homegrown indigenous performers, as they come together on stage for one electrifying FREE show - VISIBLE, at the Arts Centre...more

    More Information

    For further info contact the Projects Officer on (03) 9188 3681 or Email projects@multiculturalarts.com.au, Multicultural Arts Victoria.