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Juliet Vrakas - Children Of Planet Earth     First Nations, Folk, Contemporary Classical, Indie 06/03/2020
Australian Singer Songwriter. Music Composer. Tin Whistle - Tin Flute Player
‘Children of Planet Earth’ has the sound of a Tin Flute (Tin Whistle). Sending a message that we are all children of planet earth. 'We do not own planet earth, planet earth owns us‘

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Jess Hitchcock - Bloodline     First Nations, Easy Listening, Folk, Country 02/03/2020
Melbourne based, award-winning, singer-songwriter Jess Hitchcock is breezing into the Australian folk music scene, with the sweet-sounds of her ukulele, mesmerising vocals and debut LP, Bloodline.
This is the title track of Jess's debut EP.

Other tracks by Jess Hitchcock:  By the Sea  -  Running in the dark
Mambali - Legend Of The Devil Dance     First Nations, Rock, Indie 28/02/2020
Emerging in force from remote coastal community, Numbulwar in the Northern Territory, Mambali are an exciting band brings sounds from the edge of the Gulf Of Carpentaria to Australia.
Legend of the Devil Dance is Mambali’s signature song and is a Dhambul songline from Ayawyrra on Bickerton Island and Wyndhangan on the mainland of the Gulf of the Northern Territory. According to the songline, the ancestors wanted to connect the two countries Ayawurra and Wyndhangan together by building a sand bar or bridge from the mainland to the island.

Various Artists - Boox Kid - Sentimental Dreams     First Nations, Pop, Electronic / Beats / Industrial 28/02/2020
The CBAA and First Nations Media Australia are thrilled to release First Sounds Volume One, featuring 12 new and emerging First Nations artists from around Australia.
Boox Kid is a First Nations Producer Singer Songwriter residing in Beeliar, Western Australia. He is part of the Wardandi Bibbulmun tribe of the South West of W.A. Boox Kid is a beat creator delivering Electro Pop with unheard melodies, harmonies, unique instrumentation and a stellar live show.

Other tracks by Various Artists:  PAW Band - Baby Bhudda  -  Yello - Jupurrupu
Various Artists - Dobby - My Mind     First Nations, Hip Hop 28/02/2020
The CBAA and First Nations Media Australia are thrilled to release First Sounds Volume One, featuring 12 new and emerging First Nations artists from around Australia.
DOBBY is a rapper, drummer, speaker and music composer. Aged 25, He proudly identify as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, NSW. My Mind is a dedication to Aboriginal struggle in a post-colonial way of living.

Other tracks by Various Artists:  Deline Briscoe - Heartbeat  -  Robert K Champion - Next Time I’ll Get It Right
Various Artists - MissGenius - I Don’t Wanna Be     First Nations, Soul, R&B 28/02/2020
The CBAA and First Nations Media Australia are thrilled to release First Sounds Volume One, featuring 12 new and emerging First Nations artists from around Australia.
MissGenius is a Noongar and Maduwongga woman as well as a deadly hip hop MC. Featuring her signature deft flow, sharp lyrical danger and meticulous beat selection, I Don’t Wanna Be addresses the internal turmoil many feel around normative societal expectations.

MissGenius is adding her voice to those expressing body positive images and owning their own power.

Other tracks by Various Artists:  Dblood - Tell Me Why  -  Kirra Voller - Stuck in the System
Various Artists - Nathan May - Lost     First Nations, Roots, Alternative 28/02/2020
The CBAA and First Nations Media Australia are thrilled to release First Sounds Volume One, featuring 12 new and emerging First Nations artists from around Australia.
Nathan May descends from the Arabana (SA) and Yawuru (WA) clans. He was born in Darwin and moved to Adelaide 8 years ago to study music at CASM, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music, a part of the University of Adelaide Music conservatorium. This song creates awareness that mental health in our communities is a massive problem.

Other tracks by Various Artists:  Loui - End of Story  -  Selve - Snake of Light
Rusted Tongue - Truest Grit     First Nations, Punk, Alternative 27/02/2020
Originating in 2016, Hellbourne born sextet Rusted Tongue are serving up gritty-yet-heartwarming folk-punk, laced with gravel and honey on a rusted platter.
A track about the highs and lows of being on the road.

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.