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Friends With Feelings, debut album by Alice Skye

Friends With Feelings, debut album by Alice Skye

Congratulations to Alice Skye, whose debut album ‘Friends With Feelings’ is released today! (Available for sale from this website for $25 + postage.)  Alice’s journey started in 2015 when she was one of the winners of CAAMA Music’s Alukura songwriting competition. Later in 2016 Alice signed with the legendary CAAMA record label and along with Sound Engineer Rohan Carmody and Producer Matt Byrnes, krafted her stunning debut album ‘Friends With Feelings’. Alice explains that ‘Friends with Feelings’ is a collection of songs taken from journal entries she has written over the years. “There are different landscapes and times in my life that these songs are a product of,” she said. “The title track was written after being told by someone to think of my emotions as colours. I’m deeply preoccupied with identity, it’s something that gives me stability – understanding my culture and who I am. This whole album for me is a reminder of where I was, where I’ve been and where I’m still going.” From Country Victoria, Alice grew up aside the sandstone mountains and wildflowers of the Grampians. Still inspired by her roots, Alice’s songs resonate with a sensitivity and maturity well beyond her years. Accompanied by the gentle and hauntingly sparse melodies of a piano score, her journal entries are transformed into well-crafted, articulate lyrics on love, loss and life. Honoured as the inaugural recipient of the ‘First Peoples Emerging Artist Award’ in March 2018, the stage is now set at a national level for Alice Skye as the 22-year-old Wergaia woman prepares to release her eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Friends With Feelings’....

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KnD single released – ‘Love Hip Hop’

KnD single released – ‘Love Hip Hop’

‘Love Hip Hop’, Karnage n Darknis’ second single from their latest album, is released today! “This song is a tribute to the 90s hip hop we grew up listening to. We loved everything about the culture that surrounded it – the fashion, the sound, the art. And another reason we love hip-hop is because Indigenous people all around the world can relate to it, as it’s a channel to express struggle and oppression.”     iTunes AU – https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/love-hip-hop-single/id1296893808?ls=1&app=itunes Apple Music – https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/love-hip-hop-single/id1296893808?ls=1 Spotify...

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CAAMA Music Official BIGSOUND Showcase

CAAMA Music Official BIGSOUND Showcase

The CAAMA Music record label, based in Alice Springs, is bringing three unique and diverse Indigenous acts to showcase on 6 Sept in Brisbane at BIGSOUND, Australia’s largest music industry conference. Coming from Central Australia the dynamic guitar duo of Apakatjah will transport you to wide open desert plains, along with local hip-hop act KnD (Karnage n Darknis) to get the crowd pumped, while new artist Alice Skye from Melbourne will enchant with the ethereal vocals and heartfelt lyrics from her upcoming debut album. Come along to the CAAMA Music Showcase to hear the sounds, languages and culture from Australia’s oldest Aboriginal record label.  Watch on YouTube Waru by Apakatjah Cut Me by KnD (Karnage n Darknis) Listen on Soundcloud 60% by Alice Skye APAKATJAH: Winner of NT Live Act of the Year 2016 [Apakatjah] Bring an inclusive mix of language, culture and history to the contemporary songs” – Rhythms Magazine KND (Karnage n Darknis) “KnD make one of the year’s most powerful hiphop songs with Cut Me” – AAA Backstage ALICE SKYE “Love the way you’re working that voice. Keep writing/singing please….” – Richard...

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60% single released by Alice Skye

60% single released by Alice Skye

CAAMA Music is proud to release 60%, the first single from Alice Skye’s upcoming debut album! Written on the plane from Melbourne to Alice Springs on her way to record ‘Friends With Feelings’ at the historic CAAMA Music studios, Alice explains “I did a lot of writing on the flight to Alice to distract myself from being terrified (I hate flying), at the time I was in a relationship where my anxiety was too much for the other person. So I had the line “swim out to me, I sink everyone that gets close…”. It was actually a really hard thing to go through and I think a lot of people would feel it in any kind of relationship. The feeling of wanting to talk and share things with someone but not wanting to overwhelm them. Not wanting to rely on someone… but also, wanting to rely on someone.”  Making national headway with her debut single ‘You Are the Mountains’, in late 2015 Alice was a finalist in the Triple J Unearthed NIMA competition and named one of the 5 new Indigenous artists you need to hear whilst compiling airplay and praise across Triple J, Radio National and community radio. 60% the single is available digitally via these outlets: Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/0tyMexX4O0K2prUXzol65a Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bprfmneonafvyvprvcnnv4dcxei iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/60-single/id1272616182?ls=1&app=itunes Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/60-single/id1272616182?ls=1 Catch Alice Skye performing @ BIGSOUND in Brisbane on 6 September on and head to her Facebook here to watch a beautiful live performance of ‘60%’ for SYN’s Tunes and...

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KnD album released to iTunes!

KnD album released to iTunes!

KnD’s brand new album ‘Muzik iz 4eva’ is released today across online stores! Head over to Pilerates to check out an exclusive preview of the album, along with a track by track explanation of each song. To purchase physical CDs and merchandise contact the CAAMA Music shop on  (08 8952 9732) or cmsales@caama.com.au. Or buy online from: KND Muzik iz 4eva Or album available for digital download from the following outlets: iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/muzik-iz-4eva/id1270074521?ls=1&app=itunes Apple Music – https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/muzik-iz-4eva/id1270074521?ls=1 Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bsgez4pzkii5suv3f6a7ugbptpm Spotify –...

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KnD album launch – 19 Sept in Alice Springs

KnD album launch – 19 Sept in Alice Springs

The launch of the much anticipated KnD album ‘MUZIK IZ 4EVA” is here! Featuring latest single ‘CUT ME’ along with more NEW tracks that will take you back to old school Hip Hop! Renowned East Coast artist DJ Encore will be spinning with KnD on the night and special guest support act Alice Springs duo – McDee & Bruiser MC will open the show.  Get down to Monte’s Lounge in Alice Springs, doors open 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online for $13 or at the door on the night for $10. The new album, T-shirts and special ‘Limited Edition’ merchandise will be available for sale on the night also. An Alice Springs Desert Festival Event, not to be...

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CAAMA’s condolences to Dr G. Yunupingu’s family and friends

CAAMA’s condolences to Dr G. Yunupingu’s family and friends

The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association would like to pay their respects to Dr G Yunupingu, who passed away last night in Darwin at age 46.  From his early start performing with Yothu Yindi and then Saltwater Band, Dr Yunupingu’s solo career saw him winning many ARIA awards, performing overseas in front of Queen Elizabeth II and Barack Obama, and selling half a million copies of his albums across the world.   The popularity of Dr Yunupingu’s music both in Australia and overseas strengthened the Australian music industry and created new audiences for emerging Indigenous artists.  Dr G Yunupingu’s passing is a great loss to the Australian Indigenous music scene and CAAMA would like to extend their condolences to his family and friends. Karl Hampton, CAAMA...

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HOT SHOTS winner announced

HOT SHOTS winner announced

Congratulations to local Alice Springs photographer Nick Pincott for winning the  Hot Shots Music Photography Competition for 2017, with this deadly photo of Apakatjah! The Hot Shots photo competition is organised by MusicNT, and this year they had over 55 entries to judge. The People’s Choice Award is open for voting and there’s also a prize for one lucky voter. The People’s Choice Award is a chance for you to put forward your vote for the best photo that truly capture an NT music moment from the 2017 Hot Shots music photography competition. There are 93 amazing photos capturing NT musicians and music events for you to select from. Make sure you check out all the shots before making your selection for the People’s Choice Award. You can view the photos as many times as you like but you can only vote once. Each time you come back to this page or refresh your browser the photos will be in a different order – so make sure you note down your favourites! The People’s Choice Award will be announced 7th August 2017. To vote for the People’s Choice Award click here....

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NT Song of the Year finalists announced! Vote for People’s Choice Award

NT Song of the Year finalists announced! Vote for People’s Choice Award

Congratulations to the three CAAMA Music acts included as finalists in the NT Song of the Year Awards. Vote for them in the People’s Choice Awards for a chance to give them some extra glory! KnD ‘Action is my Word’ (HipHop category) Apakatjah ‘Desert Highway’ (Tourism NT Territory category) Central Desert Band ‘Yurra Rockhole’ (Country category) Voting for the People’s Choice Award opens at 10am on Thursday, 22 June 2017 through http://www.musicnt.com.au/nt-song-of-the-year-awards/peoples-choice and closes at 4pm on 3 July 2017. NT Song of the Year competition is an annual initiative presented by the Northern Territory’s lead music industry body, MusicNT. MusicNT introduced the Awards in 2011 to recognise and showcase the unique songwriting talents of Territory-based musicians, locally and nationally, as judged by high profile industry representatives. MusicNT’s Executive Director, Mark Smith, said “Thanks to the judges for their work narrowing down over 350 entries to this year’s finalists. The judges comments reflected how much the standard has grown over the last few years and the successful tracks reflect what is so good about the NT music scene.  ...

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Three positions vacant at CAAMA Radio

Three positions vacant at CAAMA Radio

Are you a school leaver/graduate with an interest in radio and online media? Or wanting to extend your radio skills? Don’t miss the chance to join this award-winning organisation and launch your career with two entry level positions being advertised, as well as a Senior Broadcaster role Individuals of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a special measures position in keeping with s.57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act (NT) which in practice means that all ATSI identified and accepted candidates are considered and either selected or deemed not for further consideration prior to non-ATSI candidates.   Junior Producer/Presenter – http://applynow.net.au/jobs/89321-junior-producer-presenter As a member of the local radio team, you will be responsible for producing compelling online broadcasts and presenting a designated program in collaboration with the Radio Station Manager. You will also be responsible for creating social media and mobile content to meet the changing coverage and content requirements across all platforms.  Actively engaging in community activities or national projects with the support of the Radio Station Manager; Maintaining and updating a database of contacts and networks; Applying cultural understanding and awareness in the workplace; Participating as an effective team member of CAAMA; and Applying safe work practices at all times. Cadet Journalist – http://applynow.net.au/jobs/89322-cadet-journalist Reporting to the Editor-at-Large, you will be responsible presenting and producing content for radio and online on a daily basis. With the guidance of the Editor-at-Large and the Senior Journalist, you will focus on issues that impact the lives of Aboriginal people. Preparing and presenting content for the Strong Voices program; Moderating social media accounts, in particular, the Strong Voices page, in conjunction with other staff; Contributing to the operational and administration activities of CAAMA radio; Travelling to remote locations as required to report and present other program content; and Participating as an effective team member within CAAMA. Senior Journalist – http://applynow.net.au/jobs/81626-senior-journalist In this role, you will be responsible for presenting and producing daily content for radio and online media with a focus on issues in the Alice Springs area, greater Territory region, and issues that impact on Aboriginal people. You will also assist with editing and sub-editing duties as required by the Editor-at-Large. Preparing and presenting daily content for the Strong Voices program; Producing regular feature material; Moderating social media accounts in conjunction with CAAMA staff; Contributing to the operational and administration activities of CAAMA radio; Working with the Editor-at-Large to mentor and provide guidance to the cadet journalist; and Reporting and presenting other program content from remote locations as required.   About CAAMA Beginning operations in 1980, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) was the first Aboriginal group to be allocated a broadcasting licence. The Aboriginal people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an association and have clear objectives focused on the social, cultural and economic advancement of Aboriginal people. CAAMA promotes Aboriginal culture, language, dance and music while generating economic benefits in the form of training, employment and income generation. CAAMA is proud of their reputation for producing media products that engenders pride in Aboriginal culture while informing and educating the wider community of the richness and diversity of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. CAAMA is an award winning organisation and has received the Diversity Award from the Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) which recognises excellence in the use of the internet by businesses, organisations and individuals. Additionally, a production department trainee also won the “Best Director” award at the Indigenous Remote Communication Association (IRCA) Awards. About Life in Alice Springs Year round blue skies, stunning landscapes and vibrant, diverse and warm communities – that’s life in the Northern Territory! Only a short flight from most Australian cities,...

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New single by KnD ‘Cut Me’

New single by KnD ‘Cut Me’

The first single from KnD’s new album is released today to iTunes, featuring the beautiful voice of Kristal West (one of our Alukura competition winners) It was premiered by the AAA Backstage website yesterday, who’ve said: Calling Alice Springs home, KnD are a duo consisting of Karnage (Tristrum Watkins) and Darknis (Corinna Hall), the former being one of the first to champion hip hop in Alice Springs and having met the latter during his uni days. The two share a kinship in both musical camaraderie and the social issues that plague their surroundings.  It’s here where KnD truly shine and appear outward in their masterful hip hop delivery–speaking so confidently and drawing attention to Aboriginal land rights and social and economic tensions. Cut Me acts as a catharsis to this subject matter with Karnage and Darknis rapping in turns to illustrate the cycle of domestic violence. It’s the first single to be taken from the duo’s new album, released this year via CAAMA Music.  Lyrical content aside, Cut Me is just as strong in its production and delivery. A constantly groovy, looping guitar sample back pedals over the thumping bass. KnD’s music is truly a collaborative effort. They write all their songs together, taking turns to bring a tune and spontaneously adding lyrics to the melodies they create. Read the full review here . Buy the ‘Cut Me’ single on iTunes or stream on Spotify Follow KnD on Facebook  ...

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Apakatjah Album Released!

Apakatjah Album Released!

The much anticipated release of APAKATJAH’s debut album is here!! To purchase a CD and have it posted to you click here “Fusing traditional language with English and some brilliant guitar work and contemporary arrangements, [Apakatjah] have woven the threads of their rich ancestry with a wide range of musical influences including Iron Maiden, Tjupi Band and more.” – Au Review NOW available for download via iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/in-between/id1217730314 or CD’s available via CAAMA Music...

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Apakatjah Debut Album Launch – 31 March

Apakatjah Debut Album Launch – 31 March

The much anticipated album launch of APAKATJAH will be held at Monte’s Lounge in Alice Springs on Friday 31 March, broadcast live on the CAAMA Radio Network! Friday 31 March,  8 pm Monte’s Lounge, Alice Springs Entry: $10 or $20 (including CD) “Fusing traditional language with English and some brilliant guitar work and contemporary arrangements, [Apakatjah] have woven the threads of their rich ancestry with a wide range of musical influences” AU Review Emerging from the deserts of Central Australia is the unique sound of Apakatjah who combine intricate guitar work with ancient languages, stirring harmonies and traditional instruments. Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants. The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage, which the duo have reclaimed to demonstrate the pride they have in their identity and to draw strength from their culture....

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New single by Apakatjah ‘In Between’

New single by Apakatjah ‘In Between’

Apakatjah’s second single is released to iTunes today – the title track from their upcoming album IN BETWEEN. Taken as a reference to their name, the word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage. “Not quite black, not quite white. Somewhere in-between! We once perceived it to be a negative – socially constructed to separate and segregate, to divide and conquer. But now we realise that as Aboriginal people, we’re not the only ones who live this life, but many others. Time to embrace it!” Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja) is a duo consisting of Dion Forrester and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan. Combining the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants. Their debut album, recorded at the CAAMA Music studios and produced by Dave Crowe is due for release on March 31. Originally going in to record an acoustic album, it quickly turned into a full band...

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Catherine Satour music video: SET THE TONE – IRCA Best Music Video Award Winner 2017

Catherine Satour music video: SET THE TONE – IRCA Best Music Video Award Winner 2017

Catherine Satour’s new video ‘Set The Tone’ has won IRCA Best Music Video Award 2017. The video was filmed in Rainbow Valley and Alice Springs by local filmmakers Charmaine Ingram and Naithan Wiles, featuring stunning scenery from Central Australia to highlight the love she has for her desert home. ‘Set The Tone’ is about self-love and respect. It is about knowing one’s self and one’s boundaries. As a Southern Arrernte / Mirning woman Catherine has experienced abuse, racism, sexism, double standards and set-backs, but these experiences don’t define who she is, Catherine sets her own tone. Set the Tone presents in a sensual style, symbolising the story telling of a self-respecting woman. Set The Tone was released on 17 June and features on her self-titled EP released 15 July 2016. To buy the song on iTunes visit https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/set-the-tone-single/id1119040962 VIDEO CREDITS: A Native Bird Media production. • Director and Producer, Charmaine Ingram • Director of Photography, Naithan Wiles • Artistic director and Editor, Kyle Wilson • 1st Camera, John Chisolm • Lighting and Camera Assistant, Dirk Dickinson. A special thanks to the traditional owners of Rainbow Valley and Epilogue café, as well as CAAMA Music and Productions....

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WARU: New music video by Apakatjah

WARU: New music video by Apakatjah

Congratulations to Apakatjah whose debut single WARU was released on 8 November and premiered by TheMusic.com.au   “Waru is a song about fire and water. The fire spreads through the bush and burns everything in its path. It consumes all the loose debris and fallen trees and prepares the way for new life. Water comes and gives food for hope and for future.  It is an age old cultural song for us – a reminder of our connection to culture and country, and a metaphor for both the past and present Australia’s colonial story. A time in life that requires us to acknowledge and examine what’s happened, what’s still happening and what needs to change. A time to decide what to burn, what to refine by fire and what to carry with us into the future. Culture doesn’t just apply to Aboriginal peoples but to all – and there exists both good and bad. We all need to decide what to take forward and what to leave behind.  The film story of Waru reveals a process that needs to take place in order to arrive at a place of hope and healing – that is, when we acknowledge the hurt of the past, all cultures refined through fire. We exercise truthfulness that brings emotions of sorrow, pain and forgiveness. A process that we call Australia’s ‘sorry business’. As a nation we should join in acknowledging and mourning in order to arrive at the other side together as a community – cleansed, healed and empowered.”  Purchase Waru on iTunes...

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Final three singles released from Alukura compilation album

Final three singles released from Alukura compilation album

Introducing Miranda Garling, Bec Gollan and Dora Smith! Over the next three weeks one new single from the Alukura compilation album will be released each Friday, introducing Australia to three new Australian Indigenous female singer-songwriters. 30 September   Miranda Garling – Better Days 7 October            Bec Gollan – Stories 14 October          Dora Smith – May We Meet Again Last year Australia’s longest running Indigenous music label CAAMA Music ran a nationwide competition to uncover a new crop of female Aboriginal singer-songwriters, and the result is The Alukura Compilation, featuring a song from each of the eight women and released by CAAMA Music. For the Alukura Competition (Alukura meaning ‘women’s place’ in the Arrernte language) CAAMA Music selected eight talented women from all corners of Australia to record at their studios in Alice Springs. During the recording process the women participated in song writing and music business workshops to further their careers. The group were also mentored by musical duo The Stiff Gins [Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs] whilst connecting to the country and culture of Central Australia. For most of these women it was their first time recording in a professional studio and from this invaluable experience they received knowledge and contacts to support and grow a successful musical career. Since taking part in this competition all of the artists have made great progress towards their goals of being professional...

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Apakatjah’s debut single WARU released

Apakatjah’s debut single WARU released

The first single from Apakatjah’s long-awaited album is available on iTunes from 23 September! WARU is sung in a mixture of English and the Aboriginal language of Luritja, and was a finalist in the rock category of the NT Song of the Year Awards 2016. Their debut album, recorded at the CAAMA Music studios and produced by Dave Crowe is due for release early 2017. Originally going in to record an acoustic album, it quickly turned into a full band affair. “Most of the songs on the album have never been recorded or played live as a full band before. Some of the songs were just ideas sitting in the back of our heads for over a decade before we finally tapped into each other’s brains to write and record the songs we have on the album. Most of these songs have been played at gigs for over 3 years as an acoustic duet, so it’s great to hear the songs as a full band” – Dion Forrester on their forthcoming album ‘In Between’ Through its two band members Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants.  The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage, which the duo have reclaimed to demonstrate the pride they have in their identity and to draw strength from their culture. “We want our performances to be an experience that touches people as much by the lyrics and music, as by the story behind it” – Jonathan  MEDIA ENQUIRIES Commercial Radio & Triple J: asho@footstompmusic.com Radio, Unearthed & Online Media: john@footstompmusic.com Press &...

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Catherine Satour EP – OUT NOW!

Catherine Satour EP – OUT NOW!

Catherine Satour’s new EP is released TODAY! Featuring five beautiful tracks that highlight the musical and personal journey that Catherine has experienced as an Aboriginal female musician from Central Australia. Set the Tone, the lead single from this EP, is about self-love and respect. It is about knowing one’s self and one’s boundaries. As a Southern Arrernte / Mirning woman Catherine has experienced abuse, racism, sexism, double standards and set-backs, but these experiences don’t define who she is, Catherine sets her own tone. Set the Tone presents in a sensual style, symbolising the story telling of a self-respecting woman. For more information on Catherine Satour visit her electronic press kit. Click here to purchase the CD for $10, or visit iTunes to download the EP....

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NIMA Awards 2016: Gawurra finalist in 5 categories!

NIMA Awards 2016: Gawurra finalist in 5 categories!

Congratulations to Gawurra who is a finalist across a whopping five different categories in the National Indigenous Music Awards for 2016! Since the release of his debut album Ratja Yaliyali  in April this year, he has performed at Federation Square, appeared on the Marngrook Footy Show and received glowing reviews from music media such as Rolling Stone, who awarded his album 4.5 stars. He will be performing at this year’s NIMA award ceremony, held in Darwin’s botanical gardens on Saturday 6 August.     The awards he’s been nominated for are: Album of the Year Song of the Year New Talent of the Year Cover Art Film Clip (watch on YouTube)   To read the full press release click here.   Click to purchase album or download on...

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Gawurra wins NT Song Award for ‘Mulunda’

Gawurra wins NT Song Award for ‘Mulunda’

Congratulations to Gawurra for winning  NT Song of the Year Award for the second year in a row! The award ceremony was held last weekend on 9 July in Darwin, which saw Gawurra win the pop category again this year, for his song ‘Mulunda’ (Kingfisher). Mulunda is the third single from Gawurra’s debut album Ratja Yaliyali, and was released this week as a single on iTunes. Since the release of his album in April, Gawurra’s music has been attracting praise from music media around the country: Rolling Stone – “Ratja Yaliyali (‘Vine of Love’) takes its title and focus from a Yolngu songline of Gawurra’s Milingimbi Island country. It’s an immersive cycle, highly suggestive of the totemic plants, animals, and natural rhythms it celebrates – see “Guwak (Little Black Bird)”, in which Gawurra’s repeating vocal refrain recalls the chirrup of the titular bird. All songs are performed in the Gupapuyngu language, with faultless production from Broadwing framing Gawurra’s expressive, communicative vocal. “Burala (Diving Duck)” entrances with its throbbing desert rock riff, while the album’s electronic tics frequently recall the likes of Múm. Like fellow Yolngu artist Gurrumul, Gawurra commands attention regardless of backdrop” West Australian “Being considered the next Gurrumul is a label Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu might just have the talent to bear…entrancing singer-songwriter…Ratja Yaliyali (Vine of Love), a beautiful track blending a well-known Yolngu songline with contemporary production from you NT musician Ben Allen, aka Broadwing. Gawurra celebrates the natural wonders of his homeland in Gupapuyngu language across his debut album. Allen helps elevate Gawurra and his people’s stories to a higher plane.” ABC Melbourne, Clare Bowditch “I‘ve heard your music, it’s glorious” ABC Darwin, Liz Trevaskis“I reckon he’s a name you will hear more of”  For more information on Gawurra visit his website. To purchase his CD or download on iTunes click...

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Kev Starkey album – OUT NOW

Kev Starkey album – OUT NOW

Kev Starkey’s debut album Ten Shades of Blues was launched at the Bello Winter Music Festival on 9 July. Click here to listen to Kev featured on Radio National’s ‘Inside Sleeve’ program with Paul Gough. The single ‘Soaked in Sin’, sung in Kev’s signature smoky voice, is a reflection on the places he’s been and the things he’s seen on his life’s journey.  With a voice reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, Kev’s musical influences have also included diverse styles such as Neil Young and Led Zeppelin, classical composers like Bach, as well as flamenco musician Jose Feliciano. Kev Starkey is an Adnyamathanha and Torres Strait Islander man passionate about caring for Country and singing the blues. Writing and playing music for 30 years, Kev brings his diverse background and life experiences to the creation of his music. Be it instrumental or lyrical, Kev Starkey’s ten diverse styles of blues tell a story we can all relate to in one way or another. He crosses many genres from blues and classical to flamenco. His debut album, ‘Ten Shades of Blues’, was recorded at the CAAMA Music studio in Alice Springs and released Friday 8 July. To purchase Kev’s CD ‘Ten Shades of Blue’ click...

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Second single ‘Burala’ by Gawurra

Second single ‘Burala’ by Gawurra

Ratja Yaliyali, the debut album by East Arnhem Land musician Gawurra has resounded deeply and captured the attention of both the music industry and the general public. This week the album reached the No.1 spot on the iTunes world music chart and record label CAAMA Music is reporting strong sales for both digital and physical formats. The second single from this stunning debut is the opening track Burala, released Friday 6 June through CAAMA Music. This single showcases the “faultless production” and post Nordic rock vibes that give the album its edge. Rolling Stone Magazine “…with faultless production from Broadwing framing Gawurra’s expressive, communicative vocal. “Burala (Diving Duck)” entrances with its throbbing desert rock riff, while the album’s electronic tics frequently recall the likes of Múm.” Gareth Hipwell – June 2016 Burala is a Songline about the diving duck who looks for fish in fresh water and saltwater. “He connects people from different places”, says Gawurra. A particularly pertinent track considering the singer from the remote island of Millingimbi in East Arnhem Land has recently moved himself and his family to Melbourne to further his musical career. The move has proven fruitful and earned him much high acclaim resulting in performance offers around the country. After much consideration Gawurra has chosen to premiere his live concert performance of the album Ratja Yaliyali at the Walking With Spirits Festival in Beswick NT on Saturday July 23rd. An annual event well regarded as one of this country’s most spiritually spectacular Aboriginal cultural festivals. ”It makes so much sense for someone as spiritually toned as Gawurra to premiere this beautiful body of music at Walking With Spirits, says the festival’s Artistic Director Tom E. Lewis. Just announced this week is a support gig with Peter Garrett at this year’s Darwin Festival. To purchase Burala on iTunes click here.  ...

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Catherine Satour single coming soon

Catherine Satour single coming soon

The first single from Catherine Satour’s new EP is being released Friday 17 June. It’s called ‘Set The Tone’ and there is a music video on the way too, shot with the stunning backdrop of Rainbow Valley and locally in Alice Springs at Epilogue Lounge. The Wild Desert Rose featured on the artwork for Set The Tone was chosen for this flower’s beauty and presence, which blooms in the harsh environment of the desert. This reflects Catherine’s own determination to stand as a confident woman, amid all of the experiences that have shaped her life as an Aboriginal woman from Central Australia. Catherine is excited to have the opportunity to present her new music to a new audience. For more information on Catherine Satour visit her electronic press kit.    ...

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Now Hiring: Record Label Sales & Distribution Coordinator

Now Hiring: Record Label Sales & Distribution Coordinator

Role: Record Label Sales and Distribution Coordinator Work in the music industry and with Central Australian Aboriginal cultures Experience the outback adventures of living in Alice Springs $50,000 – $60,000 (dependant on experience) + salary sacrifice tax benefits + relocation allowance Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged to apply   CAAMA Music is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal record label, with a backlist spanning 36 years of classic artists such as Frank Yamma and talented new, emerging artists like Tjintu Desert Band and Gawurra.  Our recording studio continues to uncover the next generation of talented Indigenous performers, with many exciting new releases scheduled this year. We are looking for someone with lots of energy and initiative who will bring their previous sales experience to implement innovations within our distribution processes and drive sales. In this role you’ll be responsible for supporting continuous growth of the retail and wholesale aspect of CAAMA Music, by developing and maintaining sales and marketing strategies to grow the CAAMA Music brand’s strength at a time of change across the industry. In this hands-on role you will be delivering external facing communications to clients and relevant media, and creating best practice sales and marketing campaigns. Success in this role is demonstrated by cohesive, consistent messaging and communication which attracts new customers to our existing catalogue and ever expanding new releases. CAAMA Music is part of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Australia’s leading Aboriginal owned and controlled media organisation, delivering culturally relevant content helping to preserve and maintain Indigenous culture. If you have previous sales experience, a passion for music, and the urge for adventure, then apply for this unique opportunity to work in Australia’s most remote music scene! Key responsibilities include: Efficient and effective management and expansion of the retail and wholesale component of the record label Maintaining customer relationships, while forging new partnerships nationally and internationally within the music industry Raise the profile of Indigenous musicians to aid in the long term sustainability of Indigenous people in the music industry Processing of sales orders in a timely and professional manner, with an eye for detail Writing regular sales newsletters for our customers Maintaining a sales database, ensuring clean data and updating records accordingly Competitor analysis and produce and analyse sales reports Manage digital & hardcopy sales of CAAMA Music, and maintain stock control Assistance in training Aboriginal trainees as required Applying cultural understanding and awareness to the workplace Administrative tasks as set by Music Manager Essential skills and experience: Previous sales or customer service experience Intermediate to advanced Excel Skills – (Pivot tables, V-Lookup) and experience with customer databases Experience in creating and analysing sales reports A genuine passion for music and keen desire to work in the music industry Ability to set goals, achieve tasks and demonstrated initiative Problem solver and positive ‘can do’ attitude Able to work in a fast-paced, open-plan environment Confident and friendly telephone manner, plus outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal skills Ability to work well with others in a team environment Willingness to learn, be flexible and able to take directions Knowledge of social media platforms Strong time management and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise work Desirable criteria Tele-sales experience and/or marketing experience Knowledge of Central Australian Aboriginal communities & cultural issues Current manual driver’s license Able to travel to remote areas on unsealed roads Applications must include a resume, contact details for three referees and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria. Send enquiries and applications to Nicola Pitt on cmpromotions@caama.com.au or (08) 8951 9737 Applications close 4...

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Gawurra’s first music video

Gawurra’s first music video

Yolngu artist Gawurra has released his very first music video, Ratja Yaliyali, the title track from his debut album. It was shot in his new home of Melbourne, by Pippa Samaya, and features subtitles of the Gupapuyngu lyrics and their English translations.   A beautiful melody, and a well-known Yolngu Songline, Ratja Yaliyali [pronounced Rart-ja yarl-i yarl-i] translates to Vine of Love; a thread of love that keeps everything connected. When Yolngu people hear it they feel the spirit in their hearts. If they have a problem or feel gloomy, they listen to Ratja Yaliyali as it touches them and builds their spirit making them stronger and brighter. Gawurra was born on the Gove Peninsula and spent time as a child on his Grandmother’s land of Yathalamara, before moving to Milingimbi Island. He has recently moved to live in Melbourne with his family, in order to concentrate on his musical career. His culture, songlines, stories and history are deeply embedded in his resonant voice and soulful blend of traditional and contemporary songs. To purchase CDs or digital albums click...

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Gawurra gets 4.5 stars from Rolling Stone!

Gawurra gets 4.5 stars from Rolling Stone!

Yolngu man and CAAMA Music artist Gawurra appeared in Rolling Stone Australia this week in a review of his debut album, Ratja Yaliyali.  Here’s what the world-famous magazine had to say about his fusion of traditional singing and contemporary beats: “Ratja Yaliyali (‘Vine of Love’) takes its title and focus from a Yolngu songline of Gawurra’s Milingimbi Island country. It’s an immersive cycle, highly suggestive of the totemic plants, animals, and natural rhythms it celebrates – see “Guwak (Little Black Bird)”, in which Gawurra’s repeating vocal refrain recalls the chirrup of the titular bird. All songs are performed in the Gupapuyngu language, with faultless production from Broadwing framing Gawurra’s expressive, communicative vocal. “Burala (Diving Duck)” entrances with its throbbing desert rock riff, while the album’s electronic tics frequently recall the likes of Múm. Like fellow Yolngu artist Gurrumul, Gawurra commands attention regardless of backdrop.”  To buy the album ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ click...

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THAYLIA’s single ‘Need 4 Greed’

THAYLIA’s single ‘Need 4 Greed’

The latest single to be released from the Alukura compilation album is ‘Need 4 Greed’ by THAYLIA.  Check out her music video, which adds to this commentary on modern society and the way that corporate interests dominate. Thaylia is of Greek/Aboriginal heritage and at 23 she discovered her passion for music and picked up an instrument for the very first time. However due to her struggle with addiction it wouldn’t be until a decade later that her true journey in music would begin. She got sober, quit her high paying corporate job, sold her house and car and moved to Sydney to pursue her musical passions full time. Now fulfilling a lifelong dream at the Australian Institute of Music, she is completing a Bachelor of Music with a major in Composition and Music Production. But although music is a part of who she is it does not define her life. Her journey first and foremost is to find all the buried and broken bits in her soul and heal. She loves astronomy and is fascinated by the galaxies, and has a deep interest in learning about the truth of the universe, the human soul and how it functions. To read more visit Thaylia’s website. To purchase the album click...

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Gawurra interviewed by Koori Mail

Gawurra interviewed by Koori Mail

An interview with Gawurra featured in the Koori Mail newspaper on 11 April 2016! Click here to view the full PDF. To purchase Gawurra’s debut album ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ visit the CAAMA Music shop or download via iTunes.      ...

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GAWURRA’s debut album OUT NOW!

GAWURRA’s debut album OUT NOW!

To purchase GAWURRA‘S debut album ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ and have it delivered to you click here. Or purchase digitally on iTunes. Gawurra (aka Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu) is an extraordinary singer and engaging performer hailing from East Arnhem Land. Since the release of his debut single on 11 March it has been added to QANTAS and Virgin inflight entertainment, as well as ABC programming around the whole country plus Double J radio amongst others. “I‘ve heard your music, it’s glorious” – Clare Bowditch, ABC Melbourne “I reckon he’s a name you will hear more of” – Liz Trevaskis, ABC Darwin Supported by a nationwide publicity campaign, confirmed media so far includes: * Added to ABC Local Radio rotation and Double J * Performance on Marngrook Footy Show on NITV * Added to QANTAS & Virgin inflight entertainment * ABC Radio National ‘Awaye’ program * 3KND Radio & 3RRR & PBSFM (Melbourne) * ABC Radio Melbourne, Darwin, Gold Coast * Album of the Week on Goolarri Radio [WA] * Koori Mail newspaper * TheMusic.com Gawurra’s album launch will be held at TITLE record shop in Fitzroy, Melbourne on Saturday 9 April. Click here for more details about this free event. For media enquiries and interview requests click here. For wholesale enquiries and to request the CAAMA Music wholesale catalogue contact our sales coordinator. ...

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Sign up to the CAAMA Music newsletter

Sign up to the CAAMA Music newsletter

To keep up to date on all the latest music release from the CAAMA Music record label, sign up to our newsletter. We won’t fill up your inbox, as our newsletter only comes out a few times per year!

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GAWURRA Album Launch in Melbourne

GAWURRA Album Launch in Melbourne

CAAMA Music is proud to be launching Gawurra‘s debut album this Saturday in Melbourne at TITLE store in Fitzroy. Come along for a very special, intimate acoustic performance that will transport you all the way to East Arnhem Land. GAWURRA (aka Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu) is an extraordinary singer and engaging performer hailing from Milingimbi Island. The first single and title track from his debut album ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ was released on 11 March and has already been added at ABC Radio and Double J rotation, as well as QANTAS and Virgin inflight entertainment. Now his debut album will be launched on Saturday 9 April at 11am at TITLE Store, 183 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.  ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ translates to ‘Vine of Love’, meaning a thread of love that keeps everything connected. When Yolngu people hear it they feel the spirit in their hearts. If they have a problem or feel gloomy, they listen to Ratja Yaliyali as it touches them and builds their spirit making them stronger and brighter. Gawurra has recently moved to live in Melbourne with his wife and daughter, giving special meaning to the term ‘vine of love’, which connects him to his culture and family while living so far away. This is a FREE event with a maximum capacity of 50...

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Gawurra album coming soon

Gawurra album coming soon

Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu was born on the Gove Peninsula, at the north-eastern corner of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Last year he won the NT  Song of the Year in the Pop category for his song Ratja Yaliyali, sung in the Gupapuyngu language. Now his eagerly-awaited debut album is coming out this April, produced by rising NT artist and fellow winner of the NT Song of the Year Award, Ben Allen (aka Broadwing). ‘Ratja Yaliyali’, the first single and title track from the album, was released on 11 March through CAAMA Music. Click below to listen to a preview. Album available for pre-order via the CAAMA Music store &...

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Gawurra’s first single released this Friday

Gawurra’s first single released this Friday

Exciting new music is coming from the CAAMA Music label this Friday 11 March, with the first single to be released from GAWURRA‘S debut album ‘Ratja Yaliyali’. “I‘ve heard your music, it’s glorious” – Clare Bowditch, ABC Melbourne “I reckon he’s a name you will hear more of” – Liz Trevaskis, ABC Darwin Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu is a Yolngu performer, comparable to Gurrumul. Hailing from Arnhem Land, Gawurra won the NT Song of the Year Award last year in the Pop category for ‘Ratja Yaliyali’, his debut single and the title track from his upcoming debut album. Click below to listen to a short preview of the single Ratja Yaliyali, released Friday 11 March! And watch Gawurra perform it live on the Marngrook Footy Show on 7 April....

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Woodford Folk Festival: ‘Our pick of the festival for this year surely goes to Jacinta Price’ – Scenestr

Woodford Folk Festival: ‘Our pick of the festival for this year surely goes to Jacinta Price’ – Scenestr

‘Our pick of the festival for this year surely goes to Jacinta Price’ – Scenestr

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What does an artist manager do? Listen to find out

What does an artist manager do? Listen to find out

Jen Ng, a student at the University of Technology in Sydney, recently interviewed CAAMA Music’s artist manager, Nicola Pitt, for a radio feature about the role of artist managers and what makes a successful artist-manager relationship. Listen to that radio feature here, published for the first time via Soundcloud, in which Nicola explains the challenges of being an artist manager in one of the most remote music scenes in the world. In this radio feature you’ll discover that there is usually a team of people who work behind a musician to ensure their music is shared across audiences. The manager plays a pivotal role in developing an artist’s career by connecting them with the industry. The relationship between the artist and the manager can often be the key to successfully sharing diverse musical talent across national and international markets. Jen Ng spoke to blues musician Marlene Cummins and various music managers to find out more. Music in order of appearance: ‘Pension Day Blues’ by Marlene Cummins ‘When Will We Be Paid’ by Marlene Cummins ‘In Your World’ by Cloud Control ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ by Tjintu Desert Band (CAAMA...

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CAAMA Christmas Showcase

CAAMA Christmas Showcase

  This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association – and to celebrate CAAMA is hosting a very special Christmas celebration on 27 November. The ‘CAAMA Christmas Showcase’ will feature many of the artists recorded at the Alice Springs studios this year, and will provide a taster of the new music due for release in 2016. As Australia’s oldest Aboriginal record label, CAAMA Music has launched the musical careers of artists such as Frank Yamma, Warumpi Band and Warren H Williams. “We’re thrilled to showcase all the rising stars to come from the CAAMA Music label next year” says Michael Robertson, CEO of CAAMA. The night will include performances by local songstress Catherine Satour and her father Bunna Lawrie of Coloured Stone, Jacinta Price ahead of her performance at Woodford Folk Festival, the dynamic guitar duo Apakatjah who will be performing in February at Nannup Music Festival in WA, finalist from TV’s ‘The Voice’ Kristal West and hip-hop duo Karnage n Darknis. “I’m excited to be releasing my EP next year through CAAMA Music, and am really looking forward to sharing a few of those new songs with everyone at the Christmas Showcase”, says Catherine Satour. Kristal West’s debut solo single, ‘And That’s Why’, was released on 30 October ahead of the Alukura compilation album following in February 2016, the result of the nationwide song-writing competition and crowdfunding campaign coordinated by CAAMA Music earlier this year. A Brisbane resident, Kristal first visited Alice Springs this year in April as one of the competition winners and has since been back to record her first EP, and then again this month to conduct singing workshops for school children in the remote community of Ampilatwaja. “I really love coming to Alice Springs – it’s starting to feel like my second home! I’m so glad I’m going to be here for the Christmas Showcase”, says Kristal West. Upcoming releases next year from CAAMA Music also include Apakatjah’s debut album and the eagerly-awaited second album from local hip-hop duo Karnage n Darknis. The CAAMA Christmas Showcase will be held at Epilogue rooftop in Alice Springs on 27 November. Doors open...

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First singles from Alukura compilation released NOW!

First singles from Alukura compilation released NOW!

Introducing Kristal West and Alice Skye – two brand new talents being launched by CAAMA Music NOW to iTunes. In March eight Aboriginal female singer-songwriters from around Australia flew to Alice Springs to be mentored by the Stiff Gins and record a single in the CAAMA Music studios. They were the winners of the national Alukura songwriting competition, organised by CAAMA Music to uncover a new crop of female talent. A crowdfunding campaign followed, which raised $10,000 towards the creation and promotion of the album. Now the first two singles are due for release, with the album to follow in early 2016. Kristal West was a finalist on ‘The Voice’ in 2014, as part of the duo ‘Z-K’, mentored by Will.i.am. She is now working as a solo artist and has recently recorded an EP at CAAMA Music, produced by Dave Crowe and due for release in 2016. Her single ‘And That’s Why’ is an original composition and showcases the extraordinary vocal talents that earned her a spot in the finals of The Voice. Before entering CAAMA Music’s Alukura competition Alice Skye‘s family and friends had never heard her perform or even knew that she composed her own songs. Since then her profile on Triple J Unearthed has attracted reviews such as this from long-time radio presenter Richard Kingsmill “Love the way you’re working that voice. Keep writing/singing please….”  Listen to a sneak peak of these new hits before release! Click on the photos below to listen via Soundcloud … To purchase via iTunes visit: Kristal West – And That’s Why Alice Skye – You Are the...

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Watch Dora Smith on Yirara TV

Watch Dora Smith on Yirara TV

Dora Smith, all the way from Broome on the west coast of Australia, recently spent 2 weeks recording her debut EP in the CAAMA Music studios. While she was here some students from Yirara College interviewed her for their school program Yirara TV. Dora first visited CAAMA Music earlier this year after she was the WA winner of the nationwide Alukura  songwriting competition for indigenous female singer songwriters. She was flown to Alice Springs, where she was mentored by the Stiff Gins and recorded her first single in the CAAMA Music studios. That was her first time in a recording studio, but since then she’s come a long way and will be releasing her debut EP through CAAMA Music next year!  ...

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Sand Tracks Tour featuring Tjintu Desert Band

Sand Tracks Tour featuring Tjintu Desert Band

MusicNT and Country Arts WA are thrilled to share the exciting news about Tjintu Desert Band!   Tjintu Desert Band will be giving back to young artists following in their footsteps by headlining MusicNT’s Bush Bands Bash – which is on Saturday, September 5 – and Country Arts WA’s Sand Tracks tour. They will be the first band to complete the Bush Bands Bash / Sand Tracks cycle. Tjintu Desert Band first performed at the Bush Bands Bash in 2008 and were selected to support Nabarlek on the 2011 Sand Tracks tour. Now, four years later, they have come full circle, to be the top voted band by the remote Aboriginal communities of the central desert to headline the Sand Tracks tour this year.   Click to read the full press release, announced 27 August 2015....

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Bush Bands Bash – 5 September 2015

Bush Bands Bash – 5 September 2015

The Bush Bands Bash is the biggest celebration of Aboriginal desert music in Australia!   Organised by MusicNT, the 2015 concert features performances from Eastern Reggae, Creekside Reggae Band, D7’z Hill Boyz & E-Town Boyz, Iwantja, Desert Mulga, Pukatja St Reggae Band, Tjintu Desert Band and Rayella. And a special showcase from the Desert Divas.   It all kicks off at 5pm at Snow Kenna Park, Alice Springs. Kids under 16 are free. $5 entry pay at gate. Drug and alcohol free event.   Check out this video featuring music ‘Ngurra Nganampa’ by Tjintu Desert Band...

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Karnage n Darknis on iTunes

Karnage n Darknis on iTunes

CAAMA Music are proud to now be representing Alice Springs’ own hip-hop duo Karnage n Darknis. Their first album, Only Tha Strong Survive, has been sold out for over a year  but is now available digitally for the first time across all online stores!   Visit iTunes to listen to samples of each song.   This year Karnage n Darknis have performed support slots for international hip-hop acts Twista and Ja Rule, with more gigs on the way. They are recording their new album at the CAAMA Music studios – so stay tuned for lots more from KnD.  ...

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Apakatjah interviewed on Yirara TV

Apakatjah interviewed on Yirara TV

Jonathan and Dion from Apakatjah recently were in the CAAMA Music studios to record their debut album. They were interviewed by Yirara school student Reece Raymond for an episode of Yirara TV.   Yirara school students work really hard each week to plan, record, edit and produce a 10-15 minute episode of news and events at Yirara College. It is shown at assembly on Fridays and is a highlight of the week for students and staff....

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Big Rivers Festival, Katherine NT – 15 August

Big Rivers Festival, Katherine NT  – 15 August

CAAMA Music, Australia’s first Aboriginal record label, turns 35 this year and to celebrate its long history of recording, supporting and promoting Aboriginal musicians it will host a music festival in Katherine on 15 August for emerging Aboriginal artists.   The Big Rivers Community Festival will be headlined by Blekbala Mujik, Aboriginal rock legends and one of the first successes recorded by the CAAMA Music label. Recently Blekbala Mujik received the Hall of Fame Award at the National Indigenous Music Awards for their contribution to the Australian music scene over their long 30 year career.    “I always enjoy passing on the skills I’ve learned during my musical career, for the young bands coming through today” says Apaak Jupurrula Miller, founder and lead singer of Blekbala Mujik, who will be mentoring the emerging bands at the Big Rivers Festival.   The bands will also receive two days of mentoring by representatives of CAAMA Music, APRA, MusicNT, CAAMA Radio and ArtbackNT in matters of music business, rights and royalties, stage craft and media interviews.   Confirmed bands include Bininj (Croker Island), Mambali (Numbulwar), Wakal Bengkunh (Wadeye), NT Express (Numbulwar), Grant Thompson (Ngukurr) and Lazy Late Boys (Daguragu & Kalkaringi).   “CAAMA Music has had a long tradition of supporting bands from all around the NT, and are excited to now be uncovering a new crop of talent from the Top End”, says Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith, Manager of CAAMA Music.   Big Rivers Community Festival will be broadcast live by CAAMA Radio and held at 4pm on 15 August at the Old Tick Markets in Katherine (Lindsay St). Entry by gold coin donation.   Click here to view the PDF press release....

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Blekbala Mujik enter the NIMAs Hall of Fame

Blekbala Mujik enter the NIMAs Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Blekbala Mujik for being inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame last weekend in Darwin! This year marks their 30th anniversary and the award recognised their significant, long-term contribution to the national music industry. Blekbala Mujik are one of the most influential of Australia’s Aboriginal rock bands, who in the 1990’s brought their message of reconciliation to an Australian audience who were only just beginning to take an interest in Aboriginal culture and art. Their live shows incorporated the modern as well as the traditional, with the latest pyro-technics accompanying ancient dance and dreamtime storytelling. Blekbala Mujik toured internationally, taking Aboriginal culture and language to another audience where ‘world’ music was still a new concept. With the release of their first full length album in 1996, Blekbala Mujik really burst onto the Australian and international scene, with an east coast tour that saw them performing to over 10,000 people between Sydney and Brisbane. They also performed alongside Warumpi Band and Yothu Yindi at the highly politicised Land Rights concerts held in the Northern Territory that year. Their self-titled album won the Deadly Sounds Album of the Year Award and they were also finalists for the ARIA Awards. During the 90’s they supported many international stars including Van Morrison, Tina Turner, UB40 and Ziggy Marley and the Wailers. Blekbala Mujik’s latest album is their ‘Greatest Hits Live’, released by CAAMA Music last year. Five songs on this new album were recorded at the Barunga Festival of 1995, where they performed to over six thousand people who demanded six encores. The rest of this album was recorded during a six-week concert tour of the Northern Territory in 2012. The combination of current concert recordings and others from the height of their career shows the longevity of this influential band, who are still making music and performing long after their contemporaries. To read more about Blekbala Mujik read this press...

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Gawurra interviewed for Yirara TV

Gawurra interviewed for Yirara TV

Students from Yirara College in Alice Springs work really hard each week to plan, record, edit and produce a 10-15 minute episode of news and events at the school. The episodes are shown at assembly on Fridays and is a highlight of the week for students and staff. Here was an interview they recorded in June when Gawurra came in to record his debut album at CAAMA Music. Gawurra has since gone on to win the prize for best pop song at the NT Song of the Year Awards, announced on 27 June in Darwin....

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CAAMA Music to learn from Artist Manager Mentor Program

CAAMA Music to learn from Artist Manager Mentor Program

The Association of Artist Managers has announced that CAAMA Music’s Communications & Artist Manager, Nicola Pitt, has been chosen as one of six music managers chosen to be mentored as  part of their 2015 Artist Manager Mentor Program, supported by APRA AMCOS and BIGSOUND.   The AAM Mentor Program is focused on developing and supporting sustainable artist management careers for the long-term future of Australian managers. Mentees will receive 6-12 months one-on-one mentoring with a matched manager, as well as being flown to Bigsound to attend the conference, and participate in an exclusive management roundtable, with key Australian and international managers and industry reps.   Nicola will be mentored by Greg Carey from Umbrella, who currently manages acts such as Cloud Control, Cub Sport, Elizabeth Rose and Jane Tyrrell. All artists on the CAAMA Music roster stand to benefit from this exchange, such as Tjintu Desert Band, Jacinta Price, Karnage n Darknis, Catherine Satour, Desert Mulga, Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu and lots more.   Read the full press release here sent by the Association of Artist Managers – 8 July 2015  ...

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Congratulations to Gawurra!

Congratulations to Gawurra!

Gawurra‘s song ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ was announced the winner of the pop category at the NT Song of the Year Awards held in Darwin on 27 June 2015 by MusicNT. From the small island of Milingimbi, off the coast or Arnhem Land, Gawurra has just recorded his debut album with CAAMA Music, a collection of song inspired by traditional songlines sung in Gupapuyngu language, which will be released in the next few months. Gawurra says “This is for my friends & for my families. They love my songs and they support me all the way. Thanks to everyone in Milingimbi Ramingining Galiwinku Yirrkala Gapuwiyak Maningrida Tiwi Island. And also for my wife and the kids my brothers and sisters”. On the night of the awards in Darwin Gawurra was at home in Milingimbi, a small island off the coast of Arnhem Land,  so Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith, Manager of CAAMA Music, accepted the award on his...

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Vote for the People’s Choice Award!

Vote for the People’s Choice Award!

Congratulations to the CAAMA Music artists who have been announced as finalists for the  NT Song of the Year Award! Tjintu Desert Band are finalists in the Blues & Roots category for their song ‘Ngurra Nganampa’, cousins from the Top End, Stewart and Stanley Gaykamangu are both finalists in the Pop category and Jacinta Price loaned her songwriting skills to Alice Springs artist Broadwing, who covered her song ‘Light’ which is a finalist in the Electronic/Dance category. Vote for your favourite artist to win the People’s Choice Award! Voting closes Monday 22 June and the winners are announced at the NT Song of the Year Awards on June 27 in Darwin.  ...

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Alukura Songwriting Competition Winners Announced

Alukura Songwriting Competition Winners Announced

CAAMA Music is excited to announce the winners of the Alukura songwriting competition, (Alukura meaning ‘women’ in the Arrernte language) which will see eight Aboriginal female singer-songwriters from around Australia flown to record at the CAAMA Music studios in Alice Springs between 12-25 April. “We were really impressed by the amazing musical talent out there, and can’t wait to work with these talented artists to develop their musical careers. The world will be hearing all about these artists really soon”, says Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith, Manager of CAAMA Music. The winners range in age and experience, with some at the very early stages of their musical careers, such as Alice Anderson, a 19 year old Wergaia woman from Horsham, Victoria who has only basic knowledge of the recording process but says “When it comes to music I am always ready for a challenge and believe there is always something new to learn, and I am absolutely honoured to learn through talented people of my own culture”.   The winners also include Thalia Skopellos (artist name Thaylia), from Sydney, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Music and last year released her own single ‘Hope’, which went to Number 1 on the AMRAP music chart for 3 weeks. “I am truly humbled and excited about this experience. Not only is it an important opportunity musically it will also be beautiful to finally visit Alice Springs for the first time and connect to land and culture. Something I have not done since I was a kid was sleep in a swag under the stars, and I can’t WAIT!” Kristal West from Brisbane, one half of the musical duo ZK that featured on The Voice in 2014, is looking forward to developing her solo skills, saying “I have a lot space to grow and I truly believe this is the opportunity I have been waiting for”. The experience will include songwriting workshops and in-depth sessions about the music business and self-promotion, as well as workshops by popular Sydney duo The Stiff Gins, who will be bringing their song writing, performance and industry expertise to the project as mentors. Each participant will also record a song in CAAMA Music’s newly upgraded and state-of-the-art recording studio, to be included on a compilation album released later in the year. The trip will also include a night spent sleeping under the stars in swags on the West MacDonnell Ranges, as well as cultural and musical exchange with the nearby community of Hermannsburg/Ntaria, 131 southwest of Alice Springs.  The list of winners are:  Donna Velia Woods – Hobart, TAS Kelsey Strasek-Barker – Gold Coast, QLD Alice Anderson – Horsham, VIC Thalia Skopellos – Sydney, NSW Bec Gollan – Northhaven, SA Kristal West – Brisbane, QLD Mandy Garling – Darwin, NT Dora Smith – Broome, WA   With special thanks to our sponsors of the Alukura Competition:                         CAAMA MUSIC is an Alice Springs-based company, owned and operated by Aboriginal Australians, which has been recording, supporting and promoting Aboriginal music for more than 30 years. It is part of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Australia’s leading Aboriginal owned and controlled media organisation delivering culturally relevant content that helps preserve and maintain indigenous culture....

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