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Jacob Ridgeway - I'm Not Coming Home     First Nations, Alternative, Blues, Electronic / Beats / Industrial 26/02/2020
Jacob Ridgeway is a singer/songwriter/performer from Newcastle, NSW. Jacob weaves genuine storylines with sweet woven R&B/Rock grooves and soul drenched vocals grounded by his first nations Worimi and Kamilaroi roots.
I’m Not Coming Home gives a subtle nod to Jacob’s Indigenous bloodline while still remaining contemporary and fresh.

The brooding lyrics describe a journey of straying from one's self derived from the co-writers own trials, tribulations & perceptions.

I’m Not Coming Home provides a contemporary pop/blues/electronic/alternative fusion of soulful vocals, with country inspired storytelling unique to Jacob’s artistry.

Manuel Dhurrkay - Nawumul (Canoe)     First Nations, World, Folk, First Nations 07/02/2020
Twenty years on from legendary Saltwater Band's first album, lead Manuel Dhurrkay has proven himself a dynamic live performer and confident contrast to songwriting partner Gurrumul's quiet nature.
Nawumul (Canoe) was originally written and performed for the funeral of legendary Soft Sands Band singer Big Frank Garrawitja, the song is a means of honouring the legacy of the departed left behind that continues to inspire young Elcho Island musicians.

Through Nawumul, we see the memory of the departed getting smaller and smaller as they disappear upon the horizon.

Baker Boy - Meditjin     First Nations, Hip Hop, Pop 21/11/2019
Fresh from winning the 2019 NIMA for Artist-Of-The-Year, Melbourne based hip hop artist Baker Boy rounds out his stellar year with the release of his new single ‘Meditjin’ featuring JessB.
Blazing a path rapping in his native language of Yolngu Matha as well as English, the Arnhem Land artist sings “Music is the Meditjin”, which means Medicine in his first language. Baker Boy says “Music is the best meditjin, it brings everyone together, makes you want to dance, love, laugh, vibe and I wrote Meditjin with just that in mind.

Iron Range Danger Gang - Puuya Kuntha     First Nations, Hip Hop, Reggae / Dub, World 31/10/2019
Representing the Kuku Ya’u people, from the East Coast of Cape York in Far North Queensland. Iron Range Danger Gang have arrived with a story about culture, country and connection.
'Puuya Kuntha’ is a traditional/contemporary fusion of Original Nations storytelling, sitting on a big dub/reggae riddim. Incorporating traditional stories and songline, with modern hip hop flows and concepts to articulate an important conversation about culture, country and connection. This production was guided by senior elder and songman from Lockhart River - Father Brian Claudie.

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Ilan Stylez - Time Wait For No-One     First Nations, Hip Hop, Reggae / Dub, Electronic / Beats / Industrial 24/10/2019
From the heart of the Torres Strait Islands, representing the Zenadth Zes – introducing Ilan Stylez, a collective of smooth, talented, connected young people singing up their beautiful island country.
'Time Wait For No-One' is a bouncy, tropical, reggae/dub infused ballad for the people of the Torres Straits. Written on-location in Thursday Island and inspired by a quote from Aunty Ellen Ronson, referring to the importance of maintaining and passing down language and culture in an ever-changing contemporary society.

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South West Syndicate - Back Like A Boomerang     Hip Hop, Rock 14/10/2019
South West Syndicate are a hip hop collective from South West Sydney formed in 1992.
Debut single from hip hop crew South West Syndicate. A long time coming, the first official single from these hip hop pioneers. Their formation was named in Brag magazine's most important events in 50 years of Indigenous music. Recently reformed with a new passion to make music together, SWS are "Back Like A Boomerang".

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The Steven Hart Band - Kullilli Dreaming     First Nations, Folk, Country, Indie 09/10/2019
Cherbourg Murri elder singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar player, Steven connects through folk, country and blues. Singing from the heart, Uncle Mook is supported by Maynard (harmonica) and Mathew Heap (bass).
This first nations folk, country original features a solid bass, boomerang and acoustic guitar, and a haunting harmonica which support Steven’s assertively sad vocals. His compelling lyrics paint a disturbing picture of a man forcibly removed from his country, yet maintaining an essential connection to country via his Kullilli dreaming. This track captures a powerful expression of spiritual connection.

Other tracks by The Steven Hart Band:  Trowunna  -  Aint Goin' Home
Clint Bracknell - Break Loose     Indigenous, Rock, Australian Indigenous 22/08/2019
Wirlomin Noongar man Clint Bracknell is one of Australia’s hardest working Indigenous songwriters and music creators, with a career trail vastly different to most of his peers.
Break Loose, penned and performed for the film 'H is for Happiness' by Clint, features in a scene on the streets of his own coastal hometown of Albany, with an ad hoc band made up of his Wirlomin uncles. Break Loose is a call to arms for dreaming big, taking risks and shaking off the sleepy town blues.

Katherine Waria - Love Isn't     Indigenous, Australian Indigenous, Pop 10/07/2019
A proud Woppaburra and Badu Island woman, Katherine Waria is a singer songwriter whose eclectic pop sound is anchored in RnB, Soul and intimate story telling.
Love Isn’t is a succinct and striking composition from proud Woppaburra and Badu Island vocalist Katherine Waria. Voice modulation and poppy playful electronic drums edge Love Isn’t into a beautifully balanced arrangement, which unashamedly nods to muses like Ashanti and Tynisha Kelly.

Jacob Ridgeway - Bullyman     Indigenous, Australian Indigenous, Country, Pop 08/07/2019
Jacob weaves genuine storylines with sweet woven R&B/Rock grooves and soul drenched vocals into a warm tapestry grounded by his first nations Worimi and Kamilaroi roots
Co-written with Kevin Bennett in 2017. The gloomy lyrics describe a journey inspired by one of Jacob’s female elders and her story through Stolen Generation. It's character driven from transitional moments in her life all whilst being fed a false sense of security from the Bullyman (Government Official). As she's exposed to the world, she realises the protection was never real

Electric Fields - Vision     Indigenous, Soul 25/06/2019
Electric Fields are an Aboriginal Australian electronic music duo made up of vocalist Zaachariaha Fielding and keyboard player and producer Michael Ross.
Vision (Original performed by Lajamanu Teenage Band)

"I grew up listening to Lajamanu Teenage Band - their music was part of the soundtrack of my childhood." - Zaachariaha

Mambali - Yuwani ft. Emily Wurramara     Indigenous, Rock, Australian Indigenous, Dance 13/06/2019
Emerging in force from remote coastal community, Numbulwar in the Northern Territory, Mambali are a young and exciting band brings sounds from the edge of the Gulf Of Carpentaria.
Numbulwar party band Mambali have partnered with Groote Eylandt, now Brisbane-based, singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara to create their new single Yuwani; a modern take on a traditional song delivered with the unique balance of old and new that Mambali have made their own.

Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project - Mabo     Indigenous, Australian Indigenous, Funk 25/04/2019
Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, is a contemporary ensemble which includes Witiyana Marika, Stu Kellaway, long-time collaborator Gavin Campbell (Filthy Lucre) and multi-instrumentalist Ania Reynolds (Circus Oz musical director).
Mabo is a joyous celebration with a driving, tribal funk groove, and a stomping crowd favourite at every Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project show. Produced by Filthy Lucre, the song features powerful yidaki (didgeridoo), deftly woven through layers of synths, percussion and anthemic group vocals, sung partly in Yolngu Matha (language), ably led by emerging Yolngu vocalist Yirrnga Yunupingu.

Lady Lash - Yadu     Indigenous, Australian Indigenous, RnB, Soul 05/04/2019
Growing up in Ceduna, South Australia Lady Lash continues to evolve and open the space for Indigenous Women in the music industry.
'Yadu' (YA-DOO) from the Kokatha Language from the Far Westcoast of South Australia, means good or deadly.
This song is honoring her Kokatha Weena Mooga (All the women) who live on the Far West Coast of SA, the beauty in every woman and the essence and strength that she carries in life, we are water, earth, sun and moon.

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Wilcannia Barkindji Soldiers - Heartbeat     Indigenous, Hip Hop, Australian Indigenous, Electronic 14/03/2019
Straight out of Wilcannia, NSW - the cultural heart of Western NSW. Created by elders and young people, this production aims to create a conversation about country, culture and community.
'Heartbeat' is an anthem for country - from the people of the river, the Barkindji Nation (Baaka means 'river' in Barkindji). This epic, haunting production fuses trap/ hip hop/ synth music to communicate a powerful call to action to protect country.

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Mambali - Fish Hawk     Indigenous, Australian Indigenous, Rock, Experimental 28/02/2019
Emerging from remote coastal community, Numbulwar in the Northern Territory, Mambali are a young and exciting band bringing sounds from the Gulf Of Carpentaria to a wider Australia.
The song is about the White Breasted Sea Eagle, the lyrics translating to the following...

"Fish Hawk flies along the coast
Watching and waiting
He calls out for his people
Ngarrk Ngarrk"

Fusing their traditional cultural songs and rhythms with contemporary sounds and beats, Mambali create a pulsating performance that has wowed local audiences since 2008.

Lady Lash - Shifted Midnight     Indigenous, Instrumental, World, Chill 12/02/2019
Lash's vocals color the ethereal sounds that drips sweet like bleeding fruit from the nectar of love
'Shifted Midnight' evokes the power of the dusk, the provocative dark goddess who howls at the moonlit skies.

380 Crew - River To The Sea     Indigenous, Hip Hop, Australian Indigenous, Hip Hop 07/02/2019
380 Crew is a group of incredible young people of the Yaegl nation from Yamba & Maclean in the Clarence Valley, North Coast NSW. Repping their country, culture and community.
‘River To The Sea' is a soulful, melodic trap anthem for the people of the Clarence Valley - Yaegl Nation represent. This song is about respecting history, culture and tradition. It's about recognizing the impacts of history, and the generational trauma that affects First Nations people around Australia, and working together to heal and build a respectful and inclusive future.

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Coomie Crew - Where The Eagle Roams     Indigenous, RnB, Hip Hop, Australian Indigenous 18/12/2018
A group of young Barkindji artists from Coomealla/Dareton in Western NSW. Evolved from a storytelling project, coordinated with Elders and young people, and facilitated by Desert Pea Media.
‘Where The Eagle Roams’ is a West Coast R&B club banger with soul undertones, and an excellent attitude. Inspired by a community, of wonderful, sharing, caring connected people – this track takes a progressive and positive angle on some serious and debilitating social and cultural issues such as grief, trauma and suicide.

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Adrian Thomas - Turukawa & Degai     Indigenous, Easy Listening, Roots 12/12/2018
Fijian/Australian Coastal Roots blending the familiarity of the old with the vibrance of the new. A coming together of Melanesian, Indigenous, First Nations stories and sacred chants.
"Turukawa and Degai" is the ancient Fijian Creation story of the Serpent god Degai and Turukawa the Hawk, the song pays homage to Turukawa whom laid the first eggs that became the first humans, calling for her timely return. Produced by Nigel Pegrum(Seaman Dan), Percussion by Ben Hakalitz(Yothu Yindi), Lead Guitar by Giles Smith(John Williamson).