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George Telek and David Bridie - Tatabai     Indigenous, Atmospheric, Ambience 02/09/2017
a Bit na Ta is an outcome of the deep musical friendship spanning 30 years between Melbournian and ARIA Award winning David Bridie & PNG super star George Telek
George Telek sings this glorious song,”Tatabai" off the a Bit na Ta album and art installation. The song celebrates Rabaul village life. food, family and the cycle of life. A luscious song Tatabai is a collaboration between George Telek and David Bridie and features the guitar work of John Phillips.


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Mitch Tambo - Yidaki     Indigenous, Dance 23/08/2017
Yidaki (Didgeridoo) Showcases contemporary sounds and rythms of the Yidaki (Didgeridoo)

Other tracks by Mitch Tambo:  Dhiidhaan  -  Gulagama-Li
Alice Skye - 60 Percent     Folk, Pop, Indigenous, Acoustic 22/08/2017
20 year old Wergaia woman Alice says "I take great pride in my heritage and to combine music with my background brings me an unexplainable amount of pride and happiness."
60% is the first single to be released from Alice Skye’s forthcoming debut album 'Friends With Feelings'. Alice explains "60% is about wanting to share things with someone but not wanting to overwhelm them. Not wanting to rely on someone... but also, wanting to rely on someone!"

Birdz - Testify     Hip Hop, Indigenous, Rap, Soul 18/08/2017
Bad Apples Music's own Birdz is solidifying himself as hip-hops most exciting emerging talents with his consistent track record of releases. Birdz’ debut album was released in August 2017
'Testify' is a piece of Birdz's heart. It is deeply real and vulnerable, written and recorded with family. The lyrics are relatable for far too many families dealing with the effects of abuse, a suppression that Birdz wants to release for others.

2018 AIR AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Independent Hip Hop Album (Testify)

2017 THE AGE MUSIC VICTORIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Aboriginal Act, Best Hip Hop Album 'Train Of Thought'


Other tracks by Birdz:  Train Of Thought  -  Lessons
Yirrmal - The Bridge     Indigenous, Folk, Australian Indigenous 11/08/2017
Young Indigenous artist Yirrmal Marika from Arnhem Land is an inspiring singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice, singing songs about his culture with feeling and depth beyond his years.
Shane Howard, Alesa Lajana and I wrote this song one beautiful weekend at Shane’s house. I love the simple message about unity and accepting others. I think it can be applied not only to closing the gap between black and white in Australia, but also sexuality, religious differences, immigration. Anything.

2017 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE: Live Voice of the Year (NT Awards)

Other tracks by Yirrmal:  Youngblood  -  Back to Culture
Glenn Skuthorpe - See My World     Blues/Roots, Folk, Country, Australian Indigenous 15/07/2017
Whether on the main stage or around the campfire Nhunggabarra, Kooma, Muruwari man and international touring singer-songwriter Glenn Skuthorpe gives voice to those whose stories who much be heard.
See My World has a sun shiny day kind of a feel while remaining true to the overall dirty melodic sound of the other tracks on the album – a little piece of golden sun, dancing down a coastal road with a gritty edge.

2017 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARD FINALIST: Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Artist

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Other tracks by Glenn Skuthorpe:  Small Change  -  Where Are You Going My Love
The Tidswell Twins & The North Albany Senior High School Band - Life Imitates Art     Pop, Australian Indigenous, Indigenous 13/07/2017
Indigenous artists making a heap of waves with their beautiful voices, and yet only…Year 11 students at North Albany Senior High School (16 years old)!
Being young and having so much to look forward to and needing to be positive.

Ron Coyne - Little Bit Of Lovin’     Rock, Australian Indigenous, Indigenous 13/07/2017
Indigenous artist who has composed 17 original songs and is currently working on a handful more unfinished songs.
Positive track about appreciating loving relationships (Indigenous performer).

B-Town Warriors - Thundercloud     Hip Hop, Australian Indigenous, Reggae, Roots 12/07/2017
Straight out of the small, outback town of Bourke, NSW - this group of incredible young Indigenous people work with Desert Pea Media to create insightful, engaging hip hop/roots music.
This song is a story of struggle. In a context where mental health is at crisis point for young Indigenous Australians, and the pressures of living in two worlds are bigger than ever. This is a brave and emotive production created to inspire community to be resilient and feel supported.


Githabul Next Generation - Breaking Habits     Indigenous, Australian Indigenous, Hip Hop, Reggae 12/07/2017
Straight out of Muli Muli in Northern NSW, this is cross-community collaboration working to create awareness and educate people about caring for country.
A funky, reggae-inspired arrangement featuring an incredible local Githabul artist, Jennifer Williams.

The song was created by Desert Pea Media to create conversation around recycling, environment and caring for country.

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Corey Theatre - Music     Pop, Folk, Reggae, Australian Indigenous 11/07/2017
A joyous, shoe tapping folk-pop arrangement that will have you smiling ear to ear while dancing the night away. ‘Music’ effortlessly jumps between English and Theatre’s traditional language of Gunditjmara.
A joyous, shoe tapping folk-pop arrangement that will have you smiling ear to ear while dancing the night away, ‘Music’ effortlessly jumps between English and Theatre’s traditional language of Gunditjmara. With acoustic that tips to Michael Franti, and No Fixed Address, Theatre delivers a seldom-heard youthfulness in his music.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Luke Penman, Radio Adelaide, Adelaide (SA)

2017 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARD FINALIST: Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Artist

King Social - Simmer Down     Hip Hop, Soul, Australian Indigenous, Rap 08/07/2017
A blend of hip-hop, soul and new age everything, King Social welcomes you to their sun-worshipping party cult. Lose your head and your keys at a King Social party.
Simmer Down blends percussive hip-hop with a soulful hook.


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Other tracks by King Social:  Lemonade  -  La Di Da
Kardajala Kirridarra - Ngurra (Rain Song)     Indigenous 04/07/2017
Kardajala Kirridarra takes listeners on a journey through the heart of our beautiful desert country, as they tell the story of the importance of women as creators.
A song about how they connect to the country through rain and sung in English and Mudburra, a rarely heard Indigenous language. Kardajala Kirridarra takes listeners on a journey through the heart of our beautiful desert country, as they tell the story of the importance of women as creators.


2017 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE: Live Act of the Year (NT Awards)

Apakatjah - The Dead Heart     Indigenous, Acoustic, Rock, Australian Indigenous 29/06/2017
From the desert of Central Australia comes Apakatjah, an acoustic duo combining intricate guitar work with ancient languages & stirring harmonies.Featuring Dion Forrester and Jonanthan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan .
Alice Springs acoustic duo Apakatjah deliver this powerful rendition of Midnight Oil's anthemic 'The Dead Heart'. Featured as one of twelve tracks on 'Deadly Hearts', a recording project celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017.

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Emily Wurramara - Black Boy     Indigenous, Easy Listening, Australian Indigenous 29/06/2017
Emily Wurramara is a proud Indigenous performer originally from Groote Eylandt, NT, singing in English & Anindilyakw. Currently based in Brisbane.
Emily Wurramara delivers a breathy, jazz-inspired interpretation of Coloured Stone’s ‘Black Boy’.

"This song became an anthem that I still feel extremely connected with. It fills me with so much pride to be able to do my version of this historical and significant anthem."

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Jimblah - My Island Home     Indigenous, Hip Hop, Electronic, Australian Indigenous 29/06/2017
Jimblah is a producer, MC and vocalist from Adelaide, South Australia.He is influenced by a wide range of different artists and genres, his main passion being hip hop.
South Australian producer, MC and vocalist Jimblah's offers this synth-laden, new-age take on the Warumpi Band classic. As featured on the 'Deadly Hearts' compilation out June 30. The modern sound of Indigenous Australia - A landmark album from the next generation of storytellers.

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Tom E Lewis - Shifting Sands     Rock, Pop, Australian Indigenous, Reggae 22/06/2017
A prolific artist both national and internationally Tom’s been the Artistic Director of Beswick Community’s Walking With Spirits, since 2012 showcasing performances that blend traditional Aboriginal and contemporary artists.
Shifting Sands marches at an infectious pace driven forward with guitar and saxophone and a lush reggae vibe, all the while Tom E Lewis’ commanding voice implores you to tell no lies.

KnD - Cut Me     Hip Hop, Australian Indigenous, Indigenous 17/06/2017
KnD are a hip-hop duo from Alice Springs. Karnage (Tristrum Watkins)is a Western Arrernte man Hermannsburg. Darknis (Corinna Hall) is a Ngarrindjera/Kokatha woman from Raukkan, SA and Ceduna.
'Cut Me' focuses on the cycle of domestic violence.
The track also features the serene vocals of Indigenous singer/songwriter Kristal West, who has also recently released a track as an ode to her grandfather and storied Australian land rights activist, Eddie Mabo.

Mamanta Crew - Paakatringa Waya     Indigenous, Rap, Australian Indigenous, Reggae 16/06/2017
Mamanta Crew was founded as part of a Desert Pea Media workshop program with the small community of Millikapiti, on Melville Island (Tiwi Island Group) located 200km North of Darwin.
'Paakatringa Waya' is a tuff, heavy, rap/reggae ballad that frames a conversation about serious social issues such as alcohol abuse, substance abuse, poverty and violence. It speaks of the importance of positive leadership and cultural revival as a key component to building a healthy, positive future for the Tiwi People.

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Ziggy Ramo - Same Script     Hip Hop, Rap, Australian Indigenous, Pop 09/06/2017
Tipped as an exciting new player on the Australian hip-hop scene, Ziggy Ramo has impressed peers and industry with his scything flow, effortlessly combined with a politically-charged focus.
'Same Script' opens up the conversation about mental health, addressing the associated and unnecessary stigmas. In his own words, Ziggy's track acknowledges that "regardless of race, gender or sexuality, we can come to an understanding that no one is ever truly alone in what can be an uphill battle.”

MUSIC COORDINATOR PICK: Emily Nicol, Koori Radio (NSW)