Nominees announced for 2011 National Indigenous Music Awards

As the excitement builds for the inaugural National Indigenous Music Awards [NIMAs], MusicNT is pleased to announce the finalists in each category.

The highly anticipated finalist announcement signifies an important juncture in indigenous music history. By representing the breadth of the growing music scene the NIMAs recognise traditional and emerging musicians. The shortlisted nominees have been chosen by a select panel of industry judges.

Dan Sultan (Act of the Year Nominee) will headline the National Indigenous Music Awards at Darwin Amphitheatre on August 19. Also performing on the night are members of Coloured Stone, Warumpi Band, No Fixed Address, the Red Flag Dancers from Numbulwar; with Grant Nundhirribala [Yilila] as well as the recently added Iwantja (New Talent of the Year Nominee) and the Song People Sessions with Shellie Morris.

Presented by Music NT:

FINALISTS 2011 National Indigenous Music Awards

Cover Art – 4 finalists
1/ Nirvana Nights, Leah Flanagan
Designed by Chayni Henry Vitamin Records
2/ Palya, Iwantja
Designed by Russel Bradley, the Hive design
3/ Malk, Saltwater Band
Designed by Carlo Santone & Michael Hohnen Skinnyfish Music
4/ Rrakala, Gurrumul Yunupingu
Designed by Carlo Santone & Michael Hohnen Skinnyfish Music

Film Clip Award – 5 finalists
1/ Rain Dancer, Tableland Drifters
Produced by Street TV / Josh Thomason
2/ Gopuru, Gurrumul Yunupingu
Produced by Carlo Santone / Michael Hohnen
3/ Gathu Mawula, Gurrumul and Blue King Brown
Produced by Carlo Santone
4/ Local Knowledge, Rrawun Maymuru
Produced by The Mulka Project
5/ September Song, Leah Flanagan
Produced by Tim Parish

New Talent of the Year – G.R. Bururrawanga Memorial Award – 3 finalists
1/ Iwantja
2/ Young Brother
3/ Rrawun Maymuru

Traditional Music Award
The Mulka Manikay Archives
Djambawa Marawili – Madarrpa Clan
Yumutjin Wunungmurra – Gurrumuru
Mathulu Munyarryn – Dhalinybuy

Song of the Year – 6 finalists
1/ Diamonds on the Water, Stiff Gins (c) Nardi Simpson / Kaleena Briggs
2/ September Song, Leah Flanagan (c) Leah Flanagan
3/ Beggars, The Medics (c) K Wallace / A Thomson / J Lawrie / C Thomas
4/ Calling Your Name, Frank Yamma (c) Frank Yamma
5/ Gathu Mawala, Gurrumul Yunupingu (c) Gurrumul Yunupingu
6/ Mala Rrakala, Gurrumul Yunupingu (c) Gurrumul Yunupingu

Album of the Year – 5 finalists
1/ Nirvana Nights, Leah Flanagan – Vitamin Records
2/ Malk, Saltwater Band – Skinnyfish Music
3/ Rrakala, Gurrumul Yunupingu – Skinnyfish Music
4/ Get em girls, Jessica Mauboy – Sony Music Entertainment
5/ Country Man, Frank Yamma – Wantok Music

Act of the Year – 3 finalists
1/ Jessica Mauboy
2/ Gurrumul Yunupingu
3/ Dan Sultan

Friday 19 August
Time: 7pm, gates open 6 pm
Venue: The Amphitheatre, Darwin Botanic Gardens Price: $ 25 and $20 concession.
Bookings: 08 89 434 222 or