First Nations singer songwriter NIDALA drops ambitious carbon neutral debut EP Colours of My People + shares powerful music video for its title track

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‘One Of Those Days’ added to Double J, SYN FM, Apple Music ‘FIRST’

‘Said Too Much’ premiered on triple j, reached #1 AMRAP Regional Charts, added to Double J, SYN FM, Energy Groove, Apple Music ‘FIRST’ and Eastside Radio ‘The New Thing’ Independent Track of The Week

‘Colours of My People’ video premiered by Rolling Stone ‘Song You Need To Know’

“A stunning showcase of strength, reconciliation, family, and culture, “Colours of My People” sees Djugun artist NIDALA at the peak of her powers.” – Tyler Jenke,
Rolling Stone Australia

“Lotta heart in your delivery, and the lyrics. Beautiful stuff.” – Zan Rowe, Double J

Charging onto Australia’s indie singer songwriter circuit comes proud Djugun siren NIDALA with her captivating debut EP Colours of My People. Out today via Bundjalung based label LUSTREColours of My People is an enthralling collection of indie-rock, folk, blues roots and soul that sees the destined artist-on-the-rise nestling in comfortably amongst the likes of Alice Skye, Emma Donovan and Thelma Plum as the scene’s latest leader of Indigenous excellence. The EP features NIDALA’s highly successful singles ‘One Of Those Days’ and ‘Said Too Much’ which have each garnered overwhelming support from community radio and media across the country and beyond. To celebrate the release NIDALA is thrilled to also share the dynamic music video for the EP’s title track, directed by Freya Haley.

The ‘Colours Of My People’ video is an instant goosebump-inducer that features the emotive performances of brainchild Nidala Barker and three First Nations movement masters; ​​Bundjalung poet Ella Noah Bancroft, Barkindji dancer Kirilly Lowcock and Pajinka Wik, Meriam Mer man Waangenga Blanco (Bangarra). NIDALA calls her brothers and sisters together in the Djugun language of her Father, crooning words of kindness, power and pride as they move with the land and waters. The result is a flooring showcase of cultural strength and beauty, and a perfect encapsulation of both the song and the EP itself.

“Filming with Nidala for Colours of My People was a powerful and moving experience. I felt goosebumps multiple times throughout the filming days, and whilst editing watching the frames fall into place. To have been able to assist in translating this message into visual form has been an immense privilege and an eye opening experience.” – Creative Director, Freya Haley


“Filming the video was an incredible process. From sitting down with Freya for the first time to try and tease out ideas, to seeing the end product come together, it felt as though the intention for the track was being solidified. I think my favourite part was watching the process of turning an idea into an art form, something I’m familiar with in music but had never witnessed in visual form.” – NIDALA

Colours of My People is a 100% carbon neutral reconciliation project driven by Barker’s relentless hope in humanity and her staunch activism as a protector and carer of Country. Thanks to the support of local Bundjalung businesses Spell and Ella’s FarmNIDALA will be dedicating 20% of all the EP’s proceeds to planting trees, hoping to demonstrate that music can be a direct tool for creating tangible positive change in the world. She is also dedicating a further 20% of the proceeds towards funding Indigenous run initiatives, ranging from mental health services to creative mentoring, as a means to amplify the positive work of her people. Arriving at a time that needs it, NIDALA’s EP invites us to connect with each other and do better as citizens of this shared planet.

Colours of My People EP is out now via LUSTRE

Colours of My People EP Tracklisting
1. One Of Those Days
2. Said Too Much
3. Colours Of My People
4. Body Of Mine

‘Colours Of My People’ Video Credits
Custodians and Wisdom Keepers: Aunty Lois Cook & Auntie Delta Kay
Masters of Movement: Ella Noah Bancroft, Kirilly Lowcock, Waangenga Blanco
Production Manager : Chantelle Canellis
Creative Director: Freya H Johnson
Director: Freya Haley

‘Colours Of My People’ Djugun Translation
Babala, Lyan binmal
Walgar, lyan jalnga
Babala, ma medjan nan
Walgar, ma wanden

Brothers, feel from your heart, in kindness
Sister, feel from you heart, and speak proudly
Brothers, stand and see
Sisters, gather

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