Two new acts announced for the National Indigenous Music Awards

Two new acts will join the line-up of incredible indigenous talent to perform at the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin on Friday August 19 .

Emerging from the desert of Indulkana Community, APY Lands is the much talked about newcomers Iwantja. Iwantja has performed at the Dreaming Festival, the Woodford Folk Festival, the Bush Bands Bash, the Spirit Festival, claiming new fans with their strong and varied repertoire of reggae, hard rock, heavy metal and blues. The raw powerful guitar of young front-man Jeremy Whiskey is a tour de force that has mesmerised audiences and has seen the group signed to David Bridie’s Wantok Musik Label.

The Song People Sessions with Shellie Morris share the journey of acclaimed singer Shellie Morris’s return to her grandmother’s country in the Barkly region of the NT and her collaboration with senior Yanyuwa song-women.

Both these acts will join the line-up for this special night which will be headlined by Dan Sultan who will perform with full band, highlight performances by seminal rock-bands Warumpi Band, Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, and the Red Flag Dancers from Numbulwar; with the remarkable vocal powers of song-man Grant Nundhirribala [Yilila].

“We are pleased to be able to showcase the extraordinary talent of up and coming band Iwantja and the special collaboration between Shellie Morris and the Yanyuwa people. This will be a special celebration of indigenous music for everyone to enjoy and take part in, says Mark Smith, Manager MusicNT.

Nominations for the inaugural National Indigenous Music Awards have now closed. Finalists will be announced shortly.

Listen and download tracks from Iwantja on triple j unearthed:

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
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