National Indigenous Music Awards 2016 Finalists Announced
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Key announcements:
  • NIMA Finalists announced
  • Final Artist line-up announced today
  • triple j Unearthed NIMA competition winner details

The final artists to join the bill for NIMA 2016 are; Shellie Morris, Warren H. Williams with Danielle Young, punk rockers Lonely Boys and Yirrmal with his father Witiyana Marika [Yothu Yindi].  The Rirratjingu Clan from North/East Arnhem Land will bring to Darwin one of the largest group of dancers in years for a special traditional performance (Bunggul) by members in honor of Roy Marika the 'Father of Land Rights ‘ Djuki Mala bring the NIMA’s audience an exclusive, a specially choreographed performance for the increasingly relevant anthem – Treaty. They join AB Original, Kahl Wallis, rising star Stanley “Gawurra” Gaykamangu and emerging artists Rayella, Chris Tamwoy and David Spry. Additionally, taking to the NIMA stage will be Kuren; this year’s triple j Unearthed NIMA competition winner.
With this year’s theme being Protest Songs, this year’s performances will imbue the crowd with an emotional potency as songs both contemporary and iconic will be delivered by a diverse line-up. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk off, the 40th anniversary of the Land Rights Act, 30 years since the release of Yothu Yindi’s Tribal Voice and 25 years since Treaty topped the charts this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards will be an historical and musical highlight.
This year’s list of Finalists puts a spotlight on the new breed of artists making a mark on the mainstream. Fresh from major festival stages across the country, Briggs and A.B. Original, through to emerging artists; Benny Walker who currently holds the No.3 spot on the Amrap chart with Oh No You Don’t,
, Emily Wurramara this week nabbed the No 1 spot with her sweet song Black Smoke [added to triple j this week] and Gawurra’s album Ratja Yaliyali listed in Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2016 [so far] chart out last week sit alongside the eternal presence of Gurrumul.

“2016 is the year where a number of artists that are on the cusp of success shine through the list of finalists. Emily fresh from success at the Queensland Music Awards and and rise and rise of Gawurra encapsulate the new guard of contemporary Indigenous music.  We are excited to announce this year’s list and look forward to announcing the winners in August,” says Mark Smith - Executive Director of MusicNT & NIMAs.


Without further ado the FINALISTS for NIMA 2016 are:

Artist of the Year 
Emma Donovan 
Dan Sultan 
Gurrumul Yunupingu 

Album of the Year 
Ratja Yaliyali - Gawurra 
The Gospel Album - Gurrumul Yunupingu 
Open LIVE - Live from the National Theatre, Melbourne - Dan Sultan 

Song of the Year 

A.B. Original - Dead In A Minute feat. Caiti Baker
A.B. ORIGINAL - 2 Black 2 Strong
Ratja Yaliyali - Gawurra 
The Children Came Back - Briggs, Dewayne Everettsmith & Gurrumul 
Oh No You Don't - Benny Walker 

New Talent 
A.B. Original 
Benny Walker 
Emily Wurramara
Chris Tamwoy 

Cover Art 
Gawurra - Ratja Yaliyali 
Benny Walker - Oh No You Don’t 
Gurrumul Yunupingu - The Gospel Album

Film Clip 
Briggs - The Children Came Back ft Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith -
Benny Walker - Oh No You Don’t  -
Gawurra - Ratja Yaliyali  -

Community Music Clip:
Yolngu Style
Community: Galiwinku
Video Production: Brittan Andrews AKA Syd, Grayson Huddart
Music Production: Aman Bayatly AKA Tera, Michael O'connell AKA Mixer, Dion Brownfield
Director: Dallas Woods
Yolgnu Style - Is a deadly modern contemporary dance music video created by a unique group of talented artists to inspire the world to dance, move and absorb the Yolgnu style. Inspired by the mixture of old school hip hop flavour mixed together with traditional Red Flag Dancers from Elcho Island / Yolgnu style. 
Break The Silence
Community: Ngukurr
Ngukurr School, White Ribbon Australia and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects partnered to make this powerful and important music video / resource touching on the powerful messages of the White Ribbon campaign - Break The Silence. 
Community: Katherine
IHHP & KTown - Shadows

IHHP partnered with YMCA Katherine, Wurli Wurlinjang Health Service and the incredibly talented young adults from Ktown to write, record and shoot this world class music video 'Shadows'.

For more information on artists please contact Chryss Carr or Cooper-lily Nikora on contact details provided below.

. Groups of 8 or more at concession price.12 FREE: Adult $35, Conc $28 Kids under Tickets
The Amphitheatre, Darwin Botanical Gardens. Venue
Duration: 4hrs
Gates open 6pm
Further information visit >
Tickets on sale or 08 89 434 222

National Indigenous Music Awards Ceremony & Concert
are held at Darwin Amphitheatre on Sat. 6th August.

The National Indigenous Music Awards are an initiative of MusicNT and are presented in partnership with the Northern Territory Government and are part of the Darwin Festival.


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