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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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North Tanami Band album launch

North Tanami Band album launch

North Tanami Band’s brand new album ‘Proud to be Warlpiri’ will be launched Thursday 26 March at the Memo Club in Alice Springs (1-3pm). It’s the third album to be released on CAAMA Music’s new Therrka label for grass-roots recording by community bands, following Desert Mulga and Running Water’s album, which were released earlier in March. As one of the pioneering bands of the Desert Reggae sound, North Tanami Band has been hugely influential for the current generation of Central Desert bands. Formed in the 1980’s, North Tanami Band first recorded with CAAMA Music in 1988. With five albums spanning nearly 20 years, the band has inducted many young musicians into the fold, encouraging many girls and women to sing with them in their live shows.   The current line-up is Zach Patterson (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Matthew Patterson (keys), Dion Patterson (lead guitar & backing vocals), Mike Patterson (bass), Michael McDonald (backing vocals), Callum Scobie (keys), Bradley Rockman (drums) and Caleb Patrick (keys). The new album is for sale from the CAAMA Music sales office in Alice Springs, or phone (08) 8951 9732. Listen to their new single here on...

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A very happy music customer

A very happy music customer

We just had to share this great feedback we received from a customer in Tasmania this week! “There is a theory going around that you can’t learn to love new music after you turn 30.   In my experience, most people don’t.   The play list of your life gets set in stone.   Everyone gets  too busy to invest hours listening to the same new songs or album over and over which is necessary for them to find a long term place in your head.    Kids, jobs and mortgages cause us to stop caring what other people think of the music we like.   Inevitably you find yourself less likely to be in those places or on those radio stations where  you’re going to hear anything new. I am not talking about the inevitable undercurrent of a musical soundtrack that builds up over time  and plays in the every day and sings us through the rigours of our lives  like a collection of songs that makes up the soundtrack of a movie; our ten to one countdown, the list from which you might chose your funeral music perhaps.     It goes without saying that many of those tracks will come from your playlist but that is a much larger compendium of your likes.     But it should be a dynamic and ever growing list. When you get to retirement as I have, it becomes even harder to add new music to one’s playlist even if you want to make an effort to search it out.   One becomes less patient to wade through the cacophony that is constantly bombarding us.   Particularly if one is time poor for craving silence to allow the reflective mind to do its thing. For this reason,  I was overjoyed to have recently stumbled upon the CAAMA web site in pursuit of the arresting sound of Tjamuku Ngurra by Tjintu Desert Band which I heard by chance on NITV recently when channel surfing late one evening,    The CAAMA online shop is a positive cornucopia of every style of Blackfella music imaginable with a comprehensive back catalogue of every individual artist and band.   Believe me, the music is one of the hidden gems of contemporary Aboriginal culture.    CAAMA is at the forefront of getting it out there for the rest of Australia and hopefully the World – some of the music is that good.   And best of all, the Sales Manager Karen (Kaz) Selbie is extremely helpful and accommodating; nothing is too much trouble for her.” – Byron Cross, Tasmania...

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Therrka, a new grass-roots record label

Therrka, a new grass-roots record label

A new, subsidiary label of CAAMA Music will be launched 12 March, specifically to provide support for ‘grass-roots’ recordings by Aboriginal bands living in remote locations. The new label named ‘Therrka’ (meaning ‘grass’ in the Arrernte language) will provide a fast-track route for bands to hear and sell their music within one month of the initial recording process. “There are so many amazing bands here in Central Australia that deserve to be heard, so we want to make their music accessible to fans as soon as possible, as well as pricing them to suit the current market demand” says Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith, Manager of CAAMA Music.  The launch of the Therrka record label will be celebrated by two album releases in Central Australia next week. Desert Mulga’s debut album ‘Tangapa Yanu’ will be launched with a concert at the Memo Club in Alice Springs on 12 March, broadcast live across the CAAMA Radio network from 1-3pm. From the remote communities of Nyirripi and Yuendumu, Desert Mulga have developed their own take on desert reggae, incorporating acoustic guitar, ska beats, calypso soundscapes and Shannon Gallagher’s strong lead vocals. They have featured on the soundtrack to the movie ‘Samson & Delilah’ and on previous Snapshot compilations by CAAMA Music. This will be their first album and is sung in the Aboriginal language of Warlpiri. The following day, 13 March, the long-awaited album by Running Water will be launched with a concert 530km west of Alice Springs, in the remote community of Kintore. Running Water were the stand-out band of 2013’s Bush Bands Bash, rallying the crowd to dance and sing along to their Luritja lyrics. On the back of that they were selected to tour as the support band for Blekbala Mujik on a tri-state tour of the western deserts, the annual ‘Sand Tracks tour’ which is organised by Country ArtsWA. Upcoming albums soon to be released on the Therrka label include those by Eastern Reggae, North Tanami Band, Black Shadows, Utju band and Imanpa Band – featuring the languages of Pitjantjatjara, Luritja, Eastern Arrernte and Warlpiri. Desert Mulga’s album launch on 12 March will kick off a monthly music series at the Memo Club, programmed by CAAMA Music and the Therrka label, providing a regular performance opportunity for community bands in Alice Springs. Therrka CDs will cost $15 and are available to purchase from CAAMA Music in Alice Springs or online at www.caamamusic.com.au Join CAAMA Music on Facebook and Twitter CAAMA MUSIC is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal record label. Based in Alice Springs, it 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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Rhythms mag – Nov/Dec 2014

Rhythms mag – Nov/Dec 2014

Rhythms magazine is Australia’s leading roots music publication and their latest issue features two CAAMA Music bands. First up is a feature written by CAAMA Music’s publicist, Nicola Pitt, who toured Tjintu Desert Band to Barunga Festival in June. A trip that included many miles of highway, school visits, screaming fans, the Devils Marbles, hot springs and an introduction to the ukelele. Following straight after is an interview with Apaak Miller from Blekbala Mujik about their new Greatest Hits Live album and their Sand Tracks tour. Apaak says ‘”Here we are, wanting to close the gap by giving positive messages. The maintenance of culture and links to the past will take this country into the future, i wouldn’t thought! What we have in Australia is unique. Right in our backyard we’ve had an amazing cultural platform for thousands of years. In our hands, together as a collective. [Listening to our songs] the message is timeless. It’s not getting old”. Click here to read both articles in the Nov-Dec issue of Rhythms magazine.   CAAMA Music,  Australia’s first Aboriginal record label, has been supporting Australian indigenous musicians for over thirty years. Read...

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CAAMA Music Showcased to the World

CAAMA Music Showcased to the World

Central Australian Aboriginal music showcased to international audience

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Vote for ‘Motika’ by Shannon Gallagher

Vote for ‘Motika’ by Shannon Gallagher

Shannon Gallagher, lead singer of Desert Mulga, has composed a song for the Mitsubishi song writing competition Accelerate in which he could win $10,000 and have his song picked to be the promotional music behind their new advertising campaign. Shannon’s song ‘Motika’ (Aboriginal slang for motor car) evokes the long car journeys made in the red deserts of Central Australia, where there are many miles to cover before making it ‘home to my family in Nyirripi’. The road conditions can be rough and many cars don’t make it, which is why each journey is a shared adventure between the driver and their trusty vehicle. ‘Motika, just you and me, take me through the desert, take care of me’. Now living in Alice Springs with his wife and young daughter, Shannon is the main song writer for the band Desert Mulga, and supplies the melodies that lend this desert reggae band their signature style. CAAMA Music’s trainee sound engineer, Rohan Carmody, did the sound engineering and mixing for the song. If Shannon’s entry was to win the prize, his song would be re-recorded with the accompaniment of the entire Desert Mulga 9-piece band, adding drums, bass and guitars and keyboards to create the classic desert reggae rhythm. Please vote here before 12 October!   CAAMA Music,  Australia’s first Aboriginal record label, has been supporting Australian indigenous musicians for over thirty years. Read...

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Around the Campfire concert – 17 October

Around the Campfire concert – 17 October

A special concert featuring five outstanding Aboriginal musicians is being held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on 17 October . The Around the Campfire concert will include performances by Central Australian musicians Jacinta Price, Warren H. Williams and Tjintu Desert Band, as well as Adelaide rap artist Caper and APY Lands band Iwantja.   The aim of the concert is to raise awareness and funds for programs that are committed to closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. ‘Closing the Gap’ refers to the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) and the gap between the global ranking of Australia as a country and that of Indigenous Australia. Australia is ranked 2nd in the world, however Indigenous Australia on their own ranks equivalent to the 122nd country in the world, ranking lower than Thailand, Bolivia and Botswana. One of the components of the UN HDI is life expectancy at birth. An East Kimberly indigenous man currently has a life expectancy of 46 years. Also currently 1 in 5 children in remote Indigenous communities in Australia is achieving the minimum NAPLAN standard. The concerts also hope to inspire all Australians to be proud of their Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures by showcasing these inspiration role models and their music. Alice Springs will be the first Around the Campfire concert, with the details of an Adelaide concert in January 2015 released soon. There will be many more to follow in other locations over the next few years. Tickets are $25. Visit www.oztix.com.au   6pm – Doors open 7pm – Iwantja 7.35pm – Born to Run Foundation presentation 7.50pm – Jacinta Price 8.25pm – The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation 8.40pm – Caper 9.15pm – WillPOWER (Port Adelaide Football Club) 9.30pm – Warren H Williams 10.15pm – The Fred Hollows Indigenous Australia program 10.30pm – Tjintu Desert Band 11.15pm – Finish CAAMA Music,  Australia’s first Aboriginal record label, has been supporting Australian indigenous musicians for over thirty years. Read...

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Digitising our archives – thanks to iZotope!

Digitising our archives – thanks to iZotope!

CAAMA Music has an impressive back catalogue of Australian Aboriginal music and we often get people coming into our shop requesting old albums that were released years ago on cassette. So it’s been a priority of ours to re-master and re-release some of those gems from our archives, but it’s a time consuming and expensive process to convert those old tapes into digital CDs. BUT that process has been made a little easier thanks to iZotope! They are an audio software company in the United States and they’ve generously donated the tools Ozone5 Advanced and RX 4 to our studio (worth around AU$2,500). So watch out for a whole lot of re-released classics to come from CAAMA Music in the next few months – albums like Rebel Voices, a compilation of music from the beginning of the Australian Aboriginal land rights movement. And a whole series of compilation albums featuring our re-discovered gems  – such as the best gospel, the best desert reggae, and the best country music songs. Big thanks to the good people at iZotope!       CAAMA Music,  Australia’s first Aboriginal record label, has been supporting Australian indigenous musicians for over thirty years. Read...

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Tjintu Desert Band wins at ICTV Video Awards

Tjintu Desert Band wins at ICTV Video Awards

The music video for Tjintu Desert Band’s popular hit ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ has won the prize for Best Music Video at the ICTV Video Awards on 25 September. The awards were conducted at the 16th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival, held last week on the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. CAAMA Music sound producer, Tim Cole, shot the music video in Alice Springs, also incorporating footage from a Tjintu Desert Band performance in Amata, South Australia and Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs. Tjamuku Ngurra (meaning ‘Grandfather’s Country’ in the Luritja language) was the lead single from Tjintu Desert Band’s debut album, released 7 March 2014. Special thanks go to CAAMA Music’s trainee sound engineer, Tharron Mogridge, and Ethan Castle (none other than Jacinta Price‘s son) for lending their deadly dancing skills to the music video! CAAMA Music,  Australia’s first Aboriginal record label, has been supporting Australian indigenous musicians for over thirty years. Read more...

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Stewart Gaykamangu composition for Ayers Rock Resort: ‘Tjukurpa Ninti’

Stewart Gaykamangu composition for Ayers Rock Resort: ‘Tjukurpa Ninti’

Central Australian Aboriginal musician, Stewart Gaykamangu, has composed the song ‘Tjukurpa Ninti’ commemorating the thirty year anniversary of the Ayers Rock Resort. CAAMA Music, the Aboriginal record label based in Alice Springs, was commissioned by Voyages to create a song that reflected the spiritual nature of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Meaning ‘Spirit Knows’ in Pitjantjatjara, the song melds the voices of the land’s people, their traditional instruments, and natural sounds to create an expressive piece of music capturing the majesty of the landscape, its expansive horizons and the awe evoked by this sacred site. Come and touch the wind Talking through the spinifex Rolls across the sand dunes Uluru watching everything Touch the silence   Come and touch the sunrise Awakes the spirit The song of the land The heartbeat of this country is Tjukurpa Ninti Touch the Silence CAAMA Music sound producer Tim Cole, who has recorded many indigenous artists on location such as Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen, travelled to Uluru to record and produce the song specially composed by Stewart Gaykamangu, in collaboration with the Mutitjulu Ladies Choir and cultural advisor Trevor Adamson. The song is also available for sale through iTunes with 50% of the profits going to the artist and 50% to the Mutitjulu Foundation to benefit the local community. With the CAAMA Music team in Alice Springs having recently expanded to nine full-time staff members they are now able to direct more attention to projects such as these specially commissioned original song compositions. “CAAMA Music has a long tradition of supporting talented Aboriginal musicians, and because of our new studio team we are now able to offer services in original song compositions, featuring Aboriginal languages, traditional instruments and music techniques specific to this region”, says Michael Robertson, CEO of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association. Earlier this year CAAMA Music was also commissioned by Quitline to compose a song for their anti-smoking campaign. Stewart Gaykamangu worked with Tim Cole again, as well as Jeffrey Zimran (lead guitarist of Tjintu Desert Band) to create the catchy tune ‘Break Free’ that has been heard across radios in Central Australia. (Listen via Soundcloud.)   Listen to Tjukurpa Ninti (Touch the Silence) by Stewart Gaykamangu on Soundcloud To buy from iTunes visit https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/tjukurpa-ninti-touch-silence/id914262673 Read the full press release...

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Sand Tracks Tour: Blekbala Mujik & Running Water

Sand Tracks Tour: Blekbala Mujik & Running Water

Nationally recognised band Blekbala Mujik from Arnhem Land will headline this year’s flagship remote Aboriginal music touring program, Sand Tracks. They will be joined by emerging band Running Water and tour some of Australia’s most remote communities. Presented by Country Arts WA and sponsored by Healthway, promoting the Mentally Healthy WA Campaign message Act-Belong-Commit, Sand Tracks will tour to Alice Springs and five remote Aboriginal communities. During that time Blekbala Mujik will offer music and song writing workshops to the communities, help spread the Act-Belong-Commit message and act as a mentor to the emerging band Running Water from Kintore, who were chosen from last year’s Central Australian Indigenous music showcase event, Bush Bands Bash. “Country Arts WA is proud to deliver this unique and significant tour as it continues to develop contemporary Aboriginal artists as well as the communities that present them. Sand Tracks not only assists to improve the touring experience, workshop delivery and performing skills in the emerging band but also the people and budding musicians that they meet on the way. Mental health is an important consideration for Country Arts WA and that’s why we have partnered with the Mentally Healthy WA Campaign and Healthway to promote the Act-Belong-Commit message,” says Jessica Machin, Chief Executive Officer of Country Arts WA. “We’re so proud that Blekbala Mujik, a legendary and iconic band from the CAAMA Music label (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) has been chosen to headline the Sand Tracks tour. In the remote communities of Central Australia everyone knows the classics by Blekbala Mujik. The kids out here have grown up listening to these songs.” says Micheal Smith, Manager of CAAMA Music. The 2014 Sand Tracks tour includes the following dates and communities: • Bush Bands Bash, Alice Springs NT – Saturday 6 September 2014 • Amata Community SA – Wednesday 10 September 2014 • NG Music Festival, Wingellina WA – Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 September 2014 • Warburton Community WA– Tuesday 16 September 2014 • Warakurna Community WA –Thursday 18 September 2014 • Kiwirrkurra Community WA – Tuesday 23 September 2014 “We’re really looking forward to playing our music in Central Australia. We’ve never done a tour in those communities, but it’s always been number one on our agenda to take the music to the people,” says Apaak Miller, lead singer of Blekbala Mujik To read the whole press release by Country Arts WA click...

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New album by Blekbala Mujik – released 5 Sept

New album by Blekbala Mujik – released 5 Sept

Legendary Aboriginal rock band, BLEKBALA MUJIK, are back in Central Australia for the first time in 18 years. Their brand new ‘Greatest Hits Live’ album is being released this Friday 5 September by CAAMA Music, ahead of their performance as the headline act at this weekend’s Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs. Blekbala Mujik will then be headlining the Sand Tracks tour of remote WA, performing at the following communities and then finishing up in Tennant Creek. Amata Community – Wednesday 10 September 2014 6pm CST NG Music Festival, Wingellina – Friday 12 September 2014 6pm CST Warburton Community – Tuesday 16 September 2014 6pm WST Desert Dust Up, Warakurna –Thursday 18 September 2014 6:45pm CST Kiwirrkurra Community – Tuesday 23 September 2014 6pm CST  THEN A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE IN TENNANT CREEK! Tennant Creek – Saturday 27th   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. The last time they performed in Alice Springs was in 1996 for the 20th Anniversary Land Rights Concert at Traeger Park, which also included performances by Warumpi Band, Yothu Yindi, Coloured Stone and international guest Tracey Chapman.  Click here to read the full press...

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New Music Video by NIMAs-nominated Tjintu Desert Band

New Music Video by NIMAs-nominated Tjintu Desert Band

A new music video by Tjintu Desert Band has been released in the lead-up to their performance at the National Indigenous Music Awards this Friday 15 August in Darwin. Walpa Warri is the first track on the recently released album by CAAMA Music called ‘Snapshot III’, a compilation showcasing the best emerging indigenous artists in Central Australia. The track also features on Tjintu Desert Band’s debut album ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’, which was released in March and has so far attracted national review coverage, with the Courier Mail saying ‘Tjintu Desert Band are one of the most exciting of the reggae bands to emerge from Central Australia’. Walpa Warri means ‘cold wind’ in the Aboriginal language of Luritja spoken in the Western Desert of Central Australia. The track opens with the sounds of the desert and the cold, lonely wind. Grooving along with a laid back reggae drum and bass feel, the lead break mirrors the shape and uplifting motion of the vast and beautiful ranges in Central Australia. Filmed at Ooraminna Homestead in Alice Springs and featuring lead guitarist Jeffrey Zimran, the video captures the atmospheric sounds of the desert and shows the main character overcoming both isolation and temptation on his quest to find his way home. The music video was made by CAAMA Productions, the film and TV production department responsible for producing Leah Purcell’s documentary ‘Who We Are: Brave New Clan’ which premiered on Foxtel’s Bio Channel in early July. CAAMA Productions has multiple streams of output, from documentaries and dramas to animations, government videos, commercials and community service announcements. From its very inception CAAMA Productions has been proactive in training young indigenous people from Central Australia, providing them with job opportunities in the media industry. Walpa Warri music video Director, Micha Bartlett, started at CAAMA a little over a year ago, but has already proven he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of the filmmakers that passed through CAAMA before him. Already an award winner, having taken out the prize for Best Director at the National Remote Indigenous Media Festival Awards for his film Sickly Sweet, Produced by PAW Media. Micha welcomed the challenge of directing his first music video for Tjintu Band’s latest release, but he was grateful to receive some guidance form Mentor Vincent Lamberti. “It was really great working with Vincent Lamberti, who showed me lots of tips like the importance of story-boarding and how to find a great location” said Micha Bartlett. From the offset Micha had strong feelings about what he wanted visually for the clip, as he has spent a lot of his life out on similar country to the band members. “I loved the atmospheric sound of the music and wanted to capture that loneliness and isolation of the desert in the video”. CAAMA CEO Michael Robertson was impressed with the collaboration between the various CAAMA departments to produce such an outstanding product. “Walpa Warri is an excellent music video that showcases the wonderful music by Tjintu Desert Band. The music video is the result of close collaboration between CAAMA Productions, and CAAMA Music. It demonstrates the ongoing quality of work that is produced when these CAAMA departments work together,” Michael added that future clients would be smart to engage ‘one-stop production shops’ such as CAAMA. To view the music video visit YouTube and to purchase the song visit iTunes. To download the media release as a PDF click here....

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‘Snapshot III’ album released on iTunes

‘Snapshot III’ album released on iTunes

The digital release this week of CAAMA Music’s new compilation album ‘Snapshot III’ showcases the best emerging artists being recorded now at CAAMA Music, the record label responsible for unearthing Aboriginal classics such as Warumpi Band, Coloured Stone and Frank Yamma. As well as being a platform for showcasing current CAAMA successes (such as Tjintu Desert Band), new artists (such as Helena Smith) and established CAAMA talent (such as Warren H. Williams), this annual compilation provides a taste of what’s to come from CAAMA Music in the second half of the year: ‘Djiliwirri’ by Stewart Gaykamangu (track 2) is a preview of the most anticipated debut release to come from CAAMA Music in recent years.  Stewart’s song ‘Lorrpu’ won Best Pop Song in the NT Song of the Year Awards last year, and this track ‘Djiliwirri’ will be followed with a music video on the launch of his album in September. Blekbala Mujik, one of the most influential Aboriginal rock bands of all time, will be releasing their ‘Greatest Hits Live’ album in August, just before they headline the Sand Tracks tour of remote Central Australia. ‘The Sun Shines on Ngukurr’ (track 9) is a brand new song they have written and a taste of the classic Aboriginal rock sound made famous by them in the 90s. North Tanami Band will be releasing their sixth album later this year and ‘Warlpiri Reggae’ (track 10) is a perfect example of the style of desert reggae that this band has been consistently delivering for more than twenty years. ‘The Ringer’s Girl’, sung by Lisa and Rachael Maza, is from the upcoming tribute album to Bob Randall –the leader of Aboriginal land rights, and campaigner for the Stolen Generation who also gained recognition in the 1970s for his song ‘My Brown Skin Baby’. An Aboriginal women’s compilation will be produced soon by CAAMA Music, featuring Cassandra Williams. Coming from a musical family that includes country music star Warren H. Williams, Cassandra’s powerful voice and song-writing skills are introduced here in track 3 ‘Falling Down’. ‘Snapshot III’ is available for sale digitally via iTunes and distributed by CAAMA...

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Tjintu Desert Band featured on Double J for NAIDOC Week

Tjintu Desert Band featured on Double J for NAIDOC Week

All this week triple j, Double J and triple j Unearthed are celebrating NAIDOC Week. Double J will be profiling ‘six indigenous artists to get excited about‘  – and first on the list is Tjintu Desert Band! Hailing from the remote area of Haasts Bluff/Ikunjti, located 250kms west of Alice Springs, Tjintu Desert Band are one of the finest exponents of the desert reggae currently popular in remote indigenous communities of Central Australia. They bring their own twist to the sound, mixing elements of dub and rock with a dash of funk, singing in a mixture of their own language, Luritja, and English.  Their subject matter is predominantly the land that surrounds them, the land of their Dreaming, the rain, the wind and their people and culture (their single ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ means Godfather’s Country). They’re the biggest thing to come out of their small community, a town of 200 people that has one school, one shop, is accessed only by unsealed roads and no mobile phone reception. They’ve got their debut record out now and a brand new video that shows how they inspire some of the best dancing you’ll see. – Myf Warhurst Click here to read the full press release by the ABC –  sent out 7 July, 2014....

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NAIDOC Week in Alice Springs 6-13 July 2014

NAIDOC Week in Alice Springs 6-13 July 2014

It’s NAIDOC Week from 6-13 July and there are lots of event planned over the next few days in Alice Springs.  CAAMA Radio will be broadcasting live from various sites around Alice Springs this week – so stay tuned to 100.5FM! Click here to view the information pamphlet and below are a list of the events around town. Thursday 3rd July Lunch with Ingkerreke Outstation Resource Centre 12 noon at Ingkerreke Office – 6 McDonald Street Monday 7th July NAIDOC March – The NAIDOC March will commence at Alice Springs Town Council Lawns. 9.30am for a 10am start. From the Council Lawns to Anzac Oval. NAIDOC Family Fun Day- 11am to 2pm Anzac Oval Family Fun Day with stalls and activities for the kids. Tea, Flour and Sugar – 11 am Alice Springs Desert Park Have a chat with Custodian Doris Kngwarraye Stuart over billy tea and Damper. Wednesday 9th July Tea, Flour and Sugar – 11 am Alice Springs Desert Park Have a chat with Custodian Doris Kngwarraye Stuart over billy tea and Damper. Friday 11th July Tea, Flour and Sugar – 11 am Alice Springs Desert Park Have a chat with Custodian Doris Kngwarraye Stuart over billy tea and Damper. Children’s Disco – 6pm to 9pm at the Gap Youth & Community Centre. For children aged 6-12 years old Fancy Dress Theme! Saturday 12th July Bunnings Warehouse DIY sessions for kids. Including painting with Aboriginal artists. 10am to 11.30 am & 1pm to 2.30pm Sunday 13th July 2pm to 5 pm Alice Springs Desert Park Mwerre (Good)...

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‘Sand Tracks’ Tour finalised for 2014

‘Sand Tracks’ Tour finalised for 2014

Country Arts WA has announced that Blekbala Mujik will be the feature artist for the 2014 Sand Tracks tour! Blekbala Mujik takes ancient knowledge and tradition and reinterprets it for the modern world. Mixing traditional song and instruments with synthesizers and modern production, Blekbala Mujik carries a message of reconciliation and shared dreams. Formed in 1986 and led by Peter Miller (Apaak Jupurrula), Blekbala Mujik is one of the most successful bands to emerge from the Top End of Australia, although the lead singer, Apaak, is a Luritja man originally from Central Australia, born in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Blekbala Mujik will have a NEW album released for the tour – their Greatest Hits Live, a collection of their best songs from their twenty year career. Stay tuned for more info! Blekbala Mujik will be supported by another CAAMA Music band – Running Water, who were chosen after last year’s stand-out performance at Bush Bands Bash. The Sand Tracks tour will be performing at: Bush Bands Bash, Alice Springs – Saturday, 6 September 2014 Amata Community – Wednesday, 10 September 2014 NG Music Festival, Wingellina – Friday, 12 September 2014 Warburton Community – Tuesday, 16 September 2014 Desert Dust Up, Warakurna – Thursday, 18 September 2014 Kiwirrkurra Community – Tuesday, 23 September 2014...

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FREE tours of the CAAMA Music recording studios

FREE tours of the CAAMA Music recording studios

As part of Music NT’s ‘Original Recipe’ festival program, CAAMA Music is offering free daily tours of our recording studio each afternoon this week from 23-27 June. Have a look at who is currently rehearsing or recording in our studios, and let our sound producer, Tim Cole,  show you what mixes he is currently working on. Tim can explain the evolution of a song and you’ll listen to the latest mixes of works yet to be released! Phone (08) 8951 9708 for more details. No bookings necessary.   Click to view a YouTube video of Warren H. Williams recording a song for the new ‘Snapshot III’...

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Snapshot III Album Launch – 21 June

Snapshot III Album Launch – 21 June

Come to Monte’s Lounge in Alice Springs on 21 June and be treated to a showcase of the best Aboriginal talent in Central Australia. Have dinner while listening to performances by these rising stars – and then kick-on until late with the Cutlery DJ night starting at 10pm. The CAAMA Music showcase will include performances by Cassandra Williams, Helena Smith, Jacinta Price and Wolfpack Amadeus; with an introduction by local music legend Warren H. Williams. A special viewing of the new Tjintu Desert Band music video – shot at Ooramina Station and created by CAAMA Productions – will also be screened for the first time on the night. Snapshot is an annual compilation produced by CAAMA Music, and for many of the artists included this will be their first professional recording along their way to a musical career. You’ll be able to support locally recorded and produced music by buying copies of the album of the night for the special price of $20. FREE ENTRY This event is part of the ‘Original Recipe’ music week, organised by MusicNT – the Territory’s largest celebration of original music. To check out other events around the NT visit...

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‘Snapshot III’ Album Launch – 21 June

‘Snapshot III’ Album Launch – 21 June

Come to Monte’s Lounge in Alice Springs on 21 June and be treated to a showcase of the best Aboriginal talent in Central Australia. Have dinner while listening to performances by these rising stars – and then kick-on until late with the Cutlery DJ night starting at 10pm. The CAAMA Music showcase will include performances by Cassandra Williams, Helena Smith, Jacinta Price and Wolfpack Amadeus; with an introduction by local music legend Warren H. Williams. A special viewing of the new Tjintu Desert Band music video – shot at Ooramina Station and created by CAAMA Productions – will also be screened for the first time on the night. Snapshot is an annual compilation produced by CAAMA Music, and for many of the artists included this will be their first professional recording along their way to a musical career. You’ll be able to support locally recorded and produced music by buying copies of the album of the night for the special price of $20. FREE ENTRY This event is part of the ‘Original Recipe’ music week, organised by MusicNT – the Territory’s largest celebration of original music. To check out other events around the NT visit...

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‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ music video released!

‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ music video released!

Following the release of Tjintu Desert Band’s debut album ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ on 7 March, CAAMA Music have now produced a music video to complement the success of their first single, which has been added to radio playlists across the country – from CAAMA Radio’s network of indigenous community stations, to the massive ABC Radio network covering both metropolitan and regional areas nation-wide. The music video for the title track, meaning ‘Grandfather’s Country’ was shot in Alice Springs, featuring band members, local talent, and Alice Springs identity and breakfast presenter ‘GMan’, from CAAMA Radio. Extra footage from community concerts were filmed in the Central Australian Aboriginal communities of Amata and Hermannsburg. As well as being available via CAAMA Music’s YouTube channel, it will soon be added to ICTV’s programming as well as their online platform Indigitube.   Watch it...

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Running Water selected for Sand Tracks tour of Central Australia

Running Water selected for Sand Tracks tour of Central Australia

From a community with very little running water, the aptly named and foot-stompingly good Running Water have been chosen to share their music through Central Australia on the 2014 Sand Tracks Tour. Running Water (Kintore) have been building momentum and excitement for their music after their impressive performance at the 2013 Bush Bands Bash and through featuring on the last two CAAMA Music Snapshot releases. And now, as part of Sand Tracks, the band will travel over 6000km to play their unique bush reggae in communities in WA, SA and NT (with one other band, yet to be announced).  Sand Tracks is a remote Indigenous contemporary music-touring program run by Country Arts WA that kicks off at the annual Bush Bands Bash and takes two bands on tour throughout September. Last year Nabarlek (Manmoyi) and The Sandridge Band (Borroloola) were selected for the tour. MusicNT and CAAMA Music are thrilled that Running Water has been selected for the 2014 Sand Tracks Tour, as the band was a highlight at the 2013 Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs. ‘Running Water’s powerful vocals, comfortable performance style and easy banter with the audience, in their native Luritja language, made them a stand out band in the 2013 Bush Bands Program. We’re looking forward to seeing them on the stage again this year‘ said Bush Bands Coordinator Jaspa Woods. Running Water’s performance at the 2013 Bush Bands Bash will be screened on ICTV on 22 May at 09:32am, 24 May at 9:32pm, 26 May at 12:32pm, 27 May at 7:01am and 28 May at 7:32pm.  To read the full press release click...

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“Wow, what an amazing sound!” – ABC NT on Tjintu Desert Band

“Wow, what an amazing sound!” – ABC NT on Tjintu Desert Band

Bernard Zuel, the senior music writer for Fairfax newspapers, yesterday introduced ABC Darwin presenter Julia Christensen to a new sound coming from the deserts of Australia.  To kick off the music segment Bernard Zuel played the lead single from Tjintu Desert Band’s new album Tjamuku Ngurra. Once the track finished, the conversation went something like this: Julia Christensen: “Wow, what an amazing sound! I want to be at a live show of theirs right now, so I can really dance around…Lead vocals from Terry Marshall, what a voice!” Bernard Zuel: “It really gives you a sense of both country and soul – the country they live in and the soul of the people.” Julia Christensen: “Listening to that makes me proud to be a Territorian!” Listen to the whole interview here on Soundcloud It’s an encouraging early response from the media! Lots more media to come too, including ABC Radio National’s ‘Bush Telegraph‘ on 10 March....

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New Sales Catalogues – March 2014

New Sales Catalogues – March 2014

A lot of new Aboriginal music from Central Australia is hitting the shelves in 2014. We’ve got locally recorded artists being discovered, as well as the chart-topping music from Aboriginal artists around Australia available for wholesale from the CAAMA Music shop. We have many different genres of Aboriginal music available – rock, country, hip-hop, pop, gospel and more. If you’re unsure of our catalogue, give us a call and we’ll be happy to suggest the most suitable Indigenous Australian music for your customer-base. Click to read our latest sales newsletter for March. To view our new CAAMA Retail Music Catalogue 2014 To view our new CAAMA Music Supplies Catalogue For sale enquiries contact Andrea Stubbins on (08) 8951 97832 or email...

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New album by Tjintu Desert Band – out 7 March

New album by Tjintu Desert Band – out 7 March

Central Australia’s local favourites, Tjintu Desert Band, are about to reach new audiences with the release of their new album, ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’, released on 7 March by CAAMA Music. It will be distributed nationally by MGM and promoted by AUM PR – a company that has worked extensively promoting Indigenous artists into the mainstream, including Gurrumul, Dan Sultan, Shellie Morris and East Journey. “We can’t wait to share our songs and stories with the rest of the country”, saying Jeffrey Zimran, lead guitarist for the band. With national review coverage following in the next few weeks, the sound of Central Australia’s unique ‘desert reggae’ will soon be coming from radios all over the country. This is a definitive album release for the next chapter in the evolution of Alice Springs’ own Aboriginal record label.  “This release signals a new phase for CAAMA Music and Aboriginal musicians from the centre. It raises the bar for Australia’s unique Central Desert sound, Australia’s real alternative music scene. Music lovers can expect a lot more new music coming out of the desert over the next few years.” Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith – General Manager CAAMA Music. The new album ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ (meaning ‘Grandfather’s Country’) features a sixteen page booklet of lyrics in Luritja and their English translations, along with impressive panoramic photos taken of the band’s home community, Ikuntji/Haasts Bluff. Through their music the band hopes to share their culture and connection to the land. Read the full press release here. The album is available for sale from the CAAMA Music shop on Todd Street from 7 March, as well as through digital outlets such as iTunes and Google...

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Behind the Scenes with Warren H. Williams

Behind the Scenes with Warren H. Williams

CAAMA Music’s annual Snapshot compilation is due for release soon, and here we’ve got a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of a brand new song by Warren H. Williams. It’s called “Letting You Go (Was the Hardest Thing To Do)” and is another toe-tappingly good song from Central Australia’s most prolific music writer. The Snapshot albums recorded by CAAMA Music are a showcase of the best contemporary Aboriginal music from the red deserts of Central Australia....

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Successful Staging by CAAMA Music

Successful Staging by CAAMA Music

The Carols by Candlelight held at Anzac Oval in Alice Springs on Dec 8 will mark the culmination of a year of successful event staging for CAAMA Music. This is a new avenue of business and training for CAAMA, and it has been incredibly well-received so far by the community of Alice Springs. It provides excellent training opportunities to our Music Industry Rangers, while at the same time providing a useful service to the community. Because of the remote nature of Central Australia, most event staging equipment has to be transported from elsewhere in Australia, driving the costs up. Having this kind of equipment now situated locally is a great advantage to organisers of all kinds of events – from small community sports carnivals to large events such as the Desert Festival or the Carols by Candlelight. Read the press release here.  ...

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Launch of Debut Album by Jacinta Price – FREE CONCERT 21 NOV!

Launch of Debut Album by Jacinta Price – FREE CONCERT 21 NOV!

To celebrate the launch of Jacinta Price’s debut  album DRY RIVER, she will be performing a FREE concert at the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs on Thursday 21 November.  Jacinta will be playing the complete set of songs from her new album, supported by her full band, including Colin Lillie and legendary country musician Bill Chambers. CAAMA Radio 100.5FM will be broadcasting the concert live from the site. The launch will be on the banks of the Todd River, the source of inspiration for this debut album – “My life has been spent with many a day and night camped, playing, swimming, dreaming, buried, escaping, loving, freeing myself and being inspired in riverbeds throughout Central Australia’s arid and desert landscapes. I’ve grown up in a town with a riverbed that runs through it – sometimes it’s running with life-giving rain water, otherwise it’s dry – but that  water  still  runs  deep. It’s a river of dreams”. – Jacinta Price This free concert is a way for Jacinta to include her hometown and thank them for supporting her this far in her career. So bring your deck-chairs and picnic blankets to this family-friendly, alcohol-free event.  Jacinta’s debut album DRY RIVER will be on sale at the launch, for the special price of $20.   Date: Thursday 21 November, 2013 Time: 6pm Cost: Free Alcohol-free Food available for purchase Please note! Car-pooling is requested, as there is limited parking at the Telegraph...

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Music Industry Rangers off to a good start

Music Industry Rangers off to a good start

In February this year CAAMA MUSIC launched a long-running Regional Music Development Program (RMDP) to train sixteen specially selected ‘Music Industry Rangers’ (MIRs) from Central Australia over the next three years. Just seven months into the program these rangers are already making huge strides towards their goals of being experienced sound engineers and mentors, able to train others in their own communities in the art of music recording, production and running gigs, or able to find work as experienced sound technicians. Read more in this special CAAMA MUSIC update…CLICK...

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CAAMA Music in the Koori Mail – 28 August 2013

CAAMA Music in the Koori Mail – 28 August 2013

YIRRKALA, in East Arnhem Land, is the latest community to join in the Regional Music Development Program launched by Alice Springs-based Indigenous record label CAAMA Music. The program aims to develop skills in regional communities to record music, organise local community concerts and maintain musical equipment.  Under the scheme, communities are offered accredited music training and non-accredited industry training for selected arts workers and promising musicians or sound engineers. The program has received financial support from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, as well as assistance from Charles Darwin University and local councils. Read the whole newspaper...

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Alice Springs NAIDOC Celebration – 26 July 2013

Alice Springs NAIDOC Celebration – 26 July 2013

At last! Here are the details for the NAIDOC Celebration in Alice Springs Friday 26 July: The Alice Springs NAIDOC Committee invites you to the ALICE SPRINGS NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATIONS 26 JULY 2013 Meet at Anzac car park 9:30am for 10am march to Town Council Lawns for further celebrations until 1pm. The day will include: NAIDOC march Free BBQ lunch for all CAAMA outside broadcast with live music and entertainment Aboriginal artists performing NAIDOC cake Face painting and jumping castle A little birdie told us that North Tanami Band will be performing. See you there!  ...

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TOUR DATES – Tjintu Desert Band

TOUR DATES – Tjintu Desert Band

ArtbackNT: Arts Development and Touring is coordinating the ‘Desert to Saltwater Tour’ featuring Tjintu Desert Band and supported by Radical Son, leaving Alice Springs and bound for the coast of Australia to perform from 29 June – 21 July at eleven concerts throughout NSW, VIC, QLD and ACT. Tour dates below… TOUR DATES: 29 June                   Sydney         NSW             Casula Powerhouse 3 July                     Cessnock       NSW             Cessnock Performing Arts Centre 6 July                     Mackay         QLD              Mackay Entertainment Centre 7 July                     Mackay         QLD              Mackay Regional Pinnacle Playhouse 9 & 12 July              Bathurst        NSW             Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 17 July                    Upwey          VIC               Burrinja Cultural Centre 18 July                    Moorabin       VIC               Kingston Arts Centre 20 July                    Canberra       ACT              Rock for Reconciliation – The Street Theatre Centenary of Canberra Event...

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Stewart Gaykamangu – NT Song of the Year Award Winner!

Stewart Gaykamangu – NT Song of the Year Award Winner!

Congratulations to Stewart Gaykamangu who won the pop category of the NT Song of the Year Awards in Darwin over the weekend.  The NT Song of the Year awards are a MusicNT initiative aimed at celebrating and acknowledging the talent of NT artists. This is the second year the awards have been run and more than 230 songs were entered from across the Territory. Stewart comes from a musical family including most of the Gulf Country legends.  His father played the keyboard for legendary Top End band, Soft Sand, and his cousin is the now world-famous Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. A singer-songwriter originally from Arnhem Land, he now lives in Central Australia with his wife and kids. This year Stewart has been developing a solo career, recording a debut  album with CAAMA Music that will be released early 2014. His award-winning song “Lorrpu” (meaning White Cockatoo) is featured on CAAMA Music’s Snapshot II compilation. It’s a contemporary interpretation of an Aboriginal  dreaming story told in his home of Arnhem Land, sung in the Yolngu language of Gupapuyngu. As well as winning the award for best pop song of the NT, “Lorrpu”  is also up for nomination for the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at a special event in Alice Springs as part of ‘intune Alice Springs’ from 26 – 28 July. Voting closes Tuesday 16 July at 5pm. To listen and vote for ‘Lorrpu’, click here.  ...

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Sunshine Makes Way for Tjintu

Sunshine Makes Way for Tjintu

One of Central Australia’s favourite bands now has a new name, and is spreading the word with a tour incorporating eleven performances over four states. Sunshine Reggae Band, originally from Haasts Bluff, 250km west of Alice Springs, is changing their name to Tjintu Desert Band in the lead up to the launch of their new album this October at the Mbantua Festival… Click here to read more...

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NT Song of the Year – VOTE NOW!

NT Song of the Year – VOTE NOW!

  Stewart Gaykamangu, featured on CAAMA Music’s compilation Snapshot II, is a finalist for the NT Song of the Year Awards organised by MusicNT. A singer-songwriter originally from Arnhem Land , he now lives in Central Australia with his wife and kids. Stewart comes from a musical family including most of the Gulf Country legends.  His father played the keyboard for legendary Top End band, Soft Sand, and his cousin is the now world-famous Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. He has performed at Garma, The Dreaming, Woodford, Adelaide Fringe, Spirit Festival, Tandanya, Desert Fringe, National Indigenous Music awards among many more. Having played with every Indigenous musician of note in the Northern Territory, including Gurrumul, Iwantja, Redsand, and Saltwater Band, this year Stewart has been developing a solo career, recording a debut  album with CAAMA Music that will be released early 2014. His song “Lorrpu” (meaning White Cockatoo) has reached the final rounds of the NT Song of the Year Awards and is also up for nomination for the People’s Choice Award. It’s based on an Aboriginal legend of his homeland, and is sung exclusively in the language of Gupapuyngu. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at a special event in Alice Springs as part of ‘intune Alice Springs’ from 26 – 28 July. Voting closes Tuesday 16 July at 5pm. Please VOTE NOW for Stewart’s song ‘Lorrpu’!...

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CAAMA MUSIC interviewed for Deadly Vibe magazine

CAAMA MUSIC interviewed for Deadly Vibe magazine

Read the three-page feature about CAAMA in the April issue of ‘InVibe’ – the insert inside Deadly Vibe magazine.

“Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) Music is strengthening its ties with remote desert communities through an innovative regional music development program and focusing on mentoring new and fresh NT talent in the music industry.”

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Miko Smith talks to CAAMA RADIO

Miko Smith talks to CAAMA RADIO

Have a listen to ‘Miko’ Smith, Manager of CAAMA MUSIC,  interviewed by CAAMA RADIO’s Breakfast Presenter, GMan, about the Regional Music Development Program (RMDP) currently in progress out in Hermannsburg/Ntaria, Northern Territory. Tonight there will be a second concert held in the community, as practice for the ‘Music Industry Rangers’ who are being trained in the art of music production, recording and running gigs. This long-running program will see sixteen ‘Music Industry Rangers’ from Central Australia trained as sound engineers over the next three years. Click on the following link to listen to Miko’s interview with Breakfast Presenter GMan, on CAAMA RADIO. Miko and Gman BREKKY part...

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‘Music Industry Rangers’ Stage Concert in Hermannsburg

‘Music Industry Rangers’ Stage Concert in Hermannsburg

Last night in Hermannsburg/Ntaria a concert was staged as part of CAAMA MUSIC’s Regional Music Development Program. More than four hundred people gathered in Hermannsburg’s historic centre to listen to a concert featuring a wide range of talented musicians from their own community. The town’s  well-known family of musicians – including brothers Warren H, Williams and Baydon Williams – performed together, as well as the Hermannsburg Choir and many others throughout the three-hour event. The concert was staged and run by five of the “Music Industry Rangers” who are being trained as part of CAAMA MUSIC’s Regional Music Development Program.  It was the culmination of two weeks of intensive training for the rangers, who have been learning the art of music recording, production and running gigs. This initial 2-week training is the first step of a three-year program that aims to preserve indigenous language through song and develop real pathways to employment within the music industry. Over the next three years a total of sixteen rangers from Central Australia will be offered sufficient training from CAAMA MUSIC and Charles Darwin University to become experienced sound engineers, able to pass on their skills to their own communities or find work in the music industry. A different group of Music Industry Rangers will be trained over the next two weeks in Hermannsburg, with another concert being staged on Wednesday 1 May for the community. Click here to see more photos from the...

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Interview with Mark McCormack on PBS 106.7 FM

Interview with Mark McCormack on PBS 106.7 FM

Over the next three years sixteen specially selected ‘Music Industry Rangers’ from remote indigenous communities will be trained in the art of music recording, production and running gigs. CAAMA MUSIC sound producer, Mark McCormack, is currently leading this Regional Music Development Program (RMDP) out in Hermannsburg, Central Australia. You can listen to Mark’s interview, recorded yesterday, live from Hermannsburg, for ‘Big Mob’ on PBS 106.7FM.

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Starring Role for CAAMA Trainee!

Starring Role for CAAMA Trainee!

When Tharron Robin signed up as a trainee sound engineer with CAAMA MUSIC, he didn’t bargain on being roped into doing voice-overs for us! Obligingly, he’s already done a shout-out for CAAMA Radio, and then last week we asked him to kindly lend his voice for this radio advert, promoting our NEW website (which you’re reading right now, clever you). Here’s the script we gave him, and we think he pulled it off most excellently. “Hey, this is Tharron from CAAMA Music, letting all you mob know that if you love our music – like: Tjupi Band, Sunshine Reggae, Warren H Williams, Coloured Stone, BlekBala Mujik –  you can buy tracks and download them directly from our new website: www.caamamusic.com. CAAMA  Music: Get into it!” You can check it out for yourself if you like: LISTEN HERE Tune into CAAMA RADIO 100.5 FM over the next few weeks and you’re bound to catch one of these adverts on-air. Big thanks to Tharron, and our friends over the hall in the CAAMA RADIO...

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MEDIA RELEASE: CAAMA MUSIC Launches Training of Indigenous ‘Music Industry Rangers’

Alice Springs-based indigenous record label, CAAMA MUSIC, has launched a long-running Regional Music Development Program (RMDP) to train sixteen specially selected ‘Music Industry Rangers’ (MIRs) from Central Australia over the next three years. The aim is to foster the recording and preservation of indigenous languages through song, as well as to develop real pathways to employment into the music industry for the Music Industry Rangers.

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MEDIA RELEASE: CAAMA’s RECORD LABEL EXPANDS

Alice Springs record label, CAAMA Music, has recently grown to a team of eight full-time staff in preparation for an unprecedented expansion into indigenous music production and community involvements throughout Central Australia over the next three years. Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith has worked for three years as the CAAMA Music Label Manager and where he once managed a team of just one, he is now excited to welcome to Alice Springs a team of music industry specialists including a sound engineer, a producer, a promotions specialist, a project coordinator and two trainee sound engineers. Among the team is Tim Cole, who has had a long career as a music producer for indigenous artists such as Archie Roach, Frank Yamma, Iwantja, Warren H. Williams, Shelley Morris and the Song Peoples Sessions. “It’s a huge coup for CAAMA Music to have within our team a sound engineer who comes with such incredible experience and knowledge of the indigenous music scene. Tim Cole will be working closely with our musicians to record and produce some amazing new releases this year. With this new music team of ours we’ll surely uncover the next Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu” says Micheal Smith. CAAMA Music will release and promote several new albums over the next 12 months, from established indigenous artists such as BlekBala Mujik and Sunshine Reggae Band, as well as the debut release from Arnhem Land’s Stewart Gaykamangu, previously of the band Iwantja. As part of CAAMA Music’s expansion, there is now a new website, where fans can listen to music and download directly from as little as $2 per track or $20 for a whole album. Albums available for purchase include classics such as The Best of Coloured Stone, country music star Warren H Williams, and the recent Snapshot compilations including local soul singer Catherine Satour, and hip-hop outfit Catch the Fly. More of CAAMA’s backlist, as well as their new releases, will become available on the website over this coming year. “Our music has always been available for purchase directly from our offices in Todd Street but now that it’s easily accessible online it opens up our indigenous artists to a whole new market nationally and internationally,” says CAAMA Music Label Manager Micheal Smith. A key project for CAAMA Music over the next three years will be their Regional Music Development Program (RMDP), a music training program to provide accredited music training and non-accredited “Industry” training, for selected indigenous arts workers living in remote communities. The aim is to develop pathways to employment into the music industry for these ‘Music Industry Rangers’, and to foster the recording and preservation of indigenous languages through song. This program brings together many different stakeholders – including MacDonnell Shire and Charles Darwin University – into a strong and focused team with a shared direction. CAAMA’s first training program for their Music Industry Rangers will be held in Hermannsburg/Ntaria 8 April – 3 May. In conjunction with this Charles Darwin University is offering a free Cert II music course to the wider community. For bookings or enquiries contact the Ntaria council office on (08) 8956 7838.    Want to be a part of CAAMA Music’s new expansion? CAAMA’s record label is looking for an intern to help out with promotional and sales tasks within their busy record label in Alice Springs. This unpaid position will provide invaluable experience to any student looking to improve their CV, gain entry into the competitive music biz and work within PR or marketing. Work would start ASAP and hours involved could be part-time for one month or full-time for one week. Send CVs...

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FREE MUSIC COURSE – HERMANNSBURG NT

Do you love music? Want to learn how to record and edit music?   Charles Darwin University is running a FREE MUSIC COURSE (Certificate I & II) for anyone interested in music recording and editing. This course will last 4 weeks, from Monday to Friday.   Start is Monday 08 April and the last day will be Friday 03 May. Book your place now! Phone the Ntaria Youth Team on (08) 8956 7838 CAAMA’s Music Industry Rangers will also be in Ntaria (Hermannsburg) at the same time, working with the community to record local musicians, stage some concerts and produce a CD of Ntaria music. For more info about CAAMA’s Regional Music Development Program contact Nicola Pitt at CAAMA Music on (08) 8951 9708 or cmpromotions@caama.com.au...

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INTERN WANTED

INTERN WANTED

Are you interested in a career in music marketing and PR, but don’t have any work experience? CAAMA Music is looking for an intern to help out with promotional and sales tasks within our busy record label. Work would involve using the internet to collate a database of music industry contacts across the spectrum of media – newspapers, magazines, street press, online publications, radio and TV. Another key task would be concerned identifying and contacting prospective retailers across Australia in order to establish new relationships and increase sales of CAAMA Music albums. This unpaid position will provide invaluable experience to any student looking to improve their CV, gain entry into the competitive music biz and work within PR or marketing. Work would start ASAP and hours involved could be part-time for one month or full-time for one week. Send CVs to cmpromotions@caama.com.au  before the end of March...

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