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Jazz? Classical? Rap? Pay your coin, find the soundtrack for your city

Melbourne proudly claims to be the cultural capital of Australia, embracing the gamut from high art to street performance. Photojournalist Yike Cai explores the city’s thriving busking scene, where an eclectic collection of musicians and audiences connect for the price of a coin.

Jazz? Classical? Rap? Pay your coin, find the soundtrack for your city

Crowds regularly huddle in a circle around George Kamikawa when he performs on Bourke Street. He often shares not just his music but his own story, how he left Japan to make a life in Melbourne.

Words and photos by Yike Cai
 

About The Citizen

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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