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More Artists to Fly in for Yothu Yindi Tribute

by Chryss Carr 4 July 2013


t’s got to be said, that last Sunday’s Memorial to the extraordinary Dr Yunupingu was a remarkable event with politicians, rock stars, dignitaries and all sorts whether they be black-white-brindle coming together for the sole purpose to pay their respects to one extraordinary man. It was a coming together that further bridged the gap and showcased Yolngu culture in the best possible way. The late lead singer of Yothu Yindi will leave a legacy that will live forever in inexplicable ways. Whilst the Yothu Yindi Tribute was decided after the band were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, it has only been since the memorial that the organisers of the National Indigenous Music Awards have been receiving an abundance of calls from artists with the desire to shift their schedules so they can join the tribute to Yothu Yindi and indeed to Dr Yunupingu on August 10 in Darwin at NIMA 2013. Gurrumul Yunupingu who rarely

plays publicly in Darwin [last time was NIMA 2010] has confirmed he will headline the bill. Delightfully surprising is Satellite Boy leading actor David Gulpilil joining the bill – he wishes to recite the song My Kind of Life while Gurrumul has chosen to sing Maralitja. What was always going to be a powerfully emotive night for Indigenous music has been amped to a higher level with news of more big name artists to join the bill in the forthcoming weeks. Whilst many artists are still working out their song choice for this starry evening concert we can give you the latest run-down, suffice to say Treaty is expected to be the show


Kahl Wallace - The Medics

stopper for the night. All artists present will participate breathing new air into this enduring anthem of a song lead by the great man’s grandson Rrawun Maymurru. The young lead singer of rising Indigenous band East Journey will no doubt to be flanked by his famous Uncle Gurrumul and the original members of Yothu Yindi ensuring this will be the stuff of historical music magic… If you’re wanting to hear one of the most potent vocals in the NT, NIMA will present you with Grant Nundhirribala [from legendary NT band Yilila] joining him will be Djolpa McKenzie [Black Arm Band] with their rendition of the

Kutcha Edwards

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Yothu Yindi’s classic Yolngu Boy. School Band of the Year nominee Rolku Band from remote community of Milingimbi are a must to catch when they perform two songs early in the night. It is here you will witness the beginnings of potential stars in the making! Last year The Medics cleaned up at NIMA 2012 and members Kahl Wallace & Jhindu Lawrie return with special guest Bunna Lawrie (Coloured Stone) to pay their respects with what is sure to be a song that brings the house down. Free to air channel NITV will be doing a live broadcast of NIMAs [1 hour delayed] so for those who can’t be there in the flesh can watch the proceedings from the comfort of their lounge-room. Showcasing the vibrancy of our Indigenous music scene, hip hop act Jimblah will take to the stage to perform ‘Fire’, and chanteuse Shellie Morris is set to join Rrawun Maymuru for an acoustic version of Dots on the Shells. Flying in from interstate will be the man with the Bluest vocals Kutcha Edwards, and Dewayne Everettsmith who will be sure to get the crowd going with one of Yothu Yindi’s most loved songs Djapana. Finally, with the winner to be announced during NAIDOC week, triple j Unearthed will uncover the best new unsigned talent in the country. The winning act will be flown in to Darwin to perform on stage alongside these musical legends. The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards. Celebrating 10 years in 2013, this is sure to be an overwhelmingly magical night of musical greatness. National Indigenous Music Awards 2013 – The line up so far… still more to come: • Gurrumul Yunupingu • Kahl Wallace & Jindhu Lawrie (The Medics) Page 2

• special guest Bunna Lawrie (Coloured Stone) • Shellie Morris • Kutcha Edwards • Rrawun Maymuru from East Journey • Dewayne Everettsmith • Grant Nundhirribala • Djopla McKenzie • Jimblah • Rolku Band (Milingimbi) • the Original members of Yothu Yindi • special guest David Gulpilil Ceremony and Concert, August 10, 2013 at Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin NT.

Above: Coloured Stone’s Bunna Lawrie Below: Shellie Morris

Rolku Band School Band of the Year Nominee

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Organisers of the National Indigenous Music Awards have been receiving an abundance of calls from artists with the desire to shift their sch...