Festival Records and Warner Music Australia, in association with the National Indigenous Music Awards, are proud to announce the 2CD and digital release ofNIMA PRESENTS THE SOUND OF INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA – NOW & BEFORE. The album will be released July 7 to coincide with the announcement of finalists for the 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards and is available to pre-order now.
THE SOUND OF INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA looks for the first time at both the thriving contemporary music scene in Indigenous Australia and the roots of that scene in the classic songs and artists of the recent past.
Divided into ‘Now’ and ‘Before’ discs, the collection powerfully opens with A.B. Original’s game-changing 2017 Hottest 100 entry ‘January 26’ and concludes with Kev Carmody’s iconic Australian classic ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’.
The ‘Now’ disc includes some of Australia’s biggest artists including Jessica Mauboy, Busby Marou, Dan Sultan and Emma Donovan & The Putbacks alongside a range of tomorrow’s stars, previous NIMA Unearthed winners and critics favourites includingThelma Plum, Emily Wurramara and Robbie Miller. Young rappers Birdz and Ziggymix it with up & coming roots artists like Yirrmal, Gawurra and high school singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow as well as electronic artists like Kuren and Electric Fields. It’s an eclectic mix, showcasing the scale of today’s Indigenous music talent, full of great songs and powerful messages.
The ‘Before’ disc features Australian icons from across the last few decades and is the first successful attempt to bring the key Indigenous rock & pop songs of modern times together in the one collection. Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’ and Archie Roach’s ‘Took the Children Away’ kick it off; No Fixed Address’ ‘We Have Survived’, Warumpi Band’s ‘’Blackfella/Whitefella’, Christine Anu’s ‘My Island Home’, Coloured Stones’ Black Boy’ and Gurrumul’s ‘Wiyathul’ all follow, creating a history of contemporary Indigenous music never before brought together on one album. The collection celebrates other hugely important artists like Ruby Hunter, Tiddas, Pigram Brothers, Troy Cassar-Daly, Jimmy Little, Blekbala Mujik and Vic Simms and shines a light on less well-known contributors to Australia’s Indigenous music tome including Blackfire (featuring Kutcha Edwards and Grant Hansen of Marngrook Footy Show fame) and LJ Hill, whose ‘Pretty Bird Tree’ was recently recorded by Paul Kelly.
This super 42-track collection comes with full liner notes in a stunning 24-page bookletand is a great launching point for anyone looking to delve into Indigenous Australia’s exciting world of contemporary music. It is released in association with the National Indigenous Music Awards and includes many of the artists who have been acknowledged across the event’s proud fourteen-year history of celebrating Indigenous music’s integral part in Australian culture.
NIMA PRESENTS THE SOUND OF INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA – NOW & BEFORE is out on Festival Records through Warner Music Australia on July 7.
The 14th Annual NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS (NIMA) take place at the iconic Darwin Amphitheatre on August 12, 2017.
THE SOUND OF INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA TRACKLIST
NOW (DISC ONE)
1. A.B. Original – January 26
2. Yirrmal – Mayangan
3. Emily Wurramara – Black Smoke
4. Gawurra – Ratja Yaliyali (Vine of Love)
5. Thelma Plum – How Much Does Your Love Cost
6. Kuren – Home (ft. Ben Alessi)
7. Birdz – Black Lives Matter
8. Ziggy – Blackface
9. Apakatjah – Waru
10. Casii Williams – How Can I Live
11. Eleanor Dixon – My Spirit is Free
12. Dan Sultan – Kimberly Calling
13. Emma Donovan & the Putbacks – Black Woman
14. Jessica Mauboy – Risk It
15. Benny Walker – Save
16. Luke Daniel Peacock – Dreambox
17. Busby Marou – Best Part of Me
18. Leah Flanagan – Chills
19. Robbie Miller – The Pain
20. Tia Gostelow – Vague Utopia
21. Electric Fields – Shade Away
BEFORE (DISC TWO)
1. Yothu Yindi – Treaty
2. Archie Roach – Took The Children Away
3. Coloured Stone – Black Boy
4. No Fixed Address – We Have Survived
5. Warumpi Band – Blackfella/Whitefella
6. Christine Anu – My Island Home
7. The Pigram Brothers – Going Back Home
8. Gurrumul – Wiyathul
9. Frank Yamma – Nguta Waljilpa
10. Blekbala Mujik – Walking Together
11. Joe Geia – Yil Lull
12. L J Hill – Pretty Bird Tree
13. Ruby Hunter – Ngarrindjeri Woman
14. Tiddas – Innanay
15. Troy Cassar-Daley – Freedom Ride
16. Roger Knox – Streets of Tamworth
17. Blackfire – Island Paradise
18. Us Mob – Wrong Side of the Road
19. Vic Simms – Stranger in my Country
20. Jimmy Little – Yorta Yorta Man
21. Kev Carmody – From Little Things Big Things Grow
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