Fred Leone is a well-respected community leader, with strong Australian Aboriginal, Tongan and South-Sea Islander heritage. Fred and his family come from the Garawa and Butchulla Tribes.
Fred is one of the Butchulla Songmen, their language custodian, and a ground-breaking, award winning artist who works across genres and mediums to bring a distinctly original voice to his performances and recordings.
Fred is the founder of QLD’s only Indigenous owned and operated record label Impossible Odds Records. He has toured as a featured artist with the internationally acclaimed Black Arm Band in Canada, China, Malaysia, Brazil, the UK and Australia and presented solo theatre works in the UK.
Alongside his artistic output and responsibilities as a Butchulla Songman, Fred is one of Australia’s leading arts workers and a tireless champion of Indigenous rights. He was a guest curator and producer of ‘Yawar’ the largest “Corroboree in South East Queensland in 100 years held at QPAC. He sits on the board of the Australian Live Music Business Council and is a current member of the Indigenous Advisory Group for the National Indigenous Music Awards.
Fred is Project Manager for Wunungu Awara (Monash Uni): Animating Indigenous Knowledges. This is a ground breaking multi art-form project supporting Indigenous communities in their language preservation using animation and music to illustrate songlines from around the country and reinvigorate interest in traditional language.
Fred’s latest original music project – Yirinda – is his vehicle to raise awareness of the language and stories of his people.