Language speaks to her

ARMED with her guitar and backed by a seven-piece band, singer-songwriter Krista Pav will get audiences up and dancing to her indigenous blues and roots songs.

Pav will perform in the show, The Power of the Feminine Voice: Indigenous and World Music, at The Blacktown Arts Centre, on Saturday, from 8pm, as part of its winter Echo Music Series.

Pav will perform new material as well as songs from her latest EP Free Spirit which includes four tracks.

Pav said the EP was about reflecting on her Aboriginal heritage and stories from her family.

"It's my connection to family, culture, language and also the elements," Pav said.

"That feeling of being connected is a sense of freedom for me."

The EP includes songs which Pav has sung in her indigenous language, Wangaaypuwan, which is a dialect of Ngiyampaa.

The first time Pav heard her indigenous language was in 2005 when her linguist aunt, Lesley Woods, played her a compilation album sung by her elders in the 1930s.

Pav said when she heard them sing, she was overwhelmed with emotion.

"The first time that I heard my great-grandfather's singing language that was the first time I heard my people, my language and their singing," she said.

"And for me that was a life-changing experience.

"In a sense it touched me so deeply, and after hearing my great-grandfather sing I knew it was what I wanted to do."

Pav was the recipient of a performing arts residency through the Blacktown Arts Centre in 2012, which funded a series of research and traditional language development workshops led by her aunt, Ms Woods, who mentored Pav in the translations of their language.

Pav said she sings in her indigenous language on the EP so she could share her culture with the community.

"It's really important for me to keep our language alive through music and song."

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