Hamani Tanginoa is a proud Wiradjuri, Gooreng Gooreng and Tongan man who was born and raised on Dharawal Country; specifically, Campbelltown, where he is very active within his Aboriginal Community. At only 20-years-old, Hamani has achieved a lot.
He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at JMC Academy, but he is no stranger to the Arts.
In 2017, Hamani performed alongside Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Dami Im, Tina Arena for the Australia Day Celebrations in Sydney. Also in 2017, Hamani performed alongside our very own Goodjarga Performance Ensemble at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney.
In 2018, Hamani performed once again at the Australia Day Celebrations in Sydney alongside Casey Donovan, Christine Anu, and John Paul Young. Also in 2018, Hamani begun his Social Justice/Advocacy when he represented Campbelltown at the NSW YMCA Youth Parliament Program, in which he was elected for the Minister for South West Sydney portfolio. Hamani spoke on the need for representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures and Histories in our syllabuses, and the need of more Creative Arts opportunities for our young people across NSW. Through his work of advocating, Hamani received the NSW Children’s Week Award in Youth Voice.
In 2019, Hamani performed one last time at the Australia Day Celebrations in Sydney, and performed alongside Jon Stevens, Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, Kate Ceberano, and Anthony Callea. Hamani returned to the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament Program as the representative of Campbelltown and was elected Youth Premier and made history for becoming the First Aboriginal Youth Premier in the NSW program’s history. This led him to appear on ABC’s The Drum and Q+A, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
During this time, Hamani stayed connected to his Culture and the local Aboriginal Community in Campbelltown. Hamani continues to work for Children and Young People in contract work with both Government and Non-Government Organisations.