Media Releases

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Apakatjah release title track ‘In Between’ and announce Midnight Oil support – 17 February 2017

As well as releasing the title track from forthcoming ‘In Between’, the duo are proud to announce they’ll be supporting Midnight Oil in Alice Springs October 2nd. Northern Territory fans will get a chance to catch songs from the album alongside one of Australia’s biggest politically active rock bands, well known for their support of indigenous causes.

Final singles released from the Alukura compilation album – 27 Sept 2016

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.

‘WARU’ – the debut single by APAKATJAH released 23 Sept 2016

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.

Kev Starkey single ‘Who’d Have Thought’ – 18 August 2016

The second single to be released from Kev Starkey’s debut album is ‘Who’d Have Thought’, which is a laid back jazz love song to his teenage sweetheart, who then went on to become his wife of 24 years. Sung in Kev Starkey’s signature smoky voice, this piano-driven blues tune is Australia’s answer to the honky-tonk rhythms of southern USA.

LORRPU music video introducing debut album – 25 July 2016

Lorrpu was born into a musical family, including most of the Gulf Country legends from Arnhem Land. His father was the keyboard player for legendary Top End band, Soft Sand.

The demo version of his song “Lorrpu” (meaning White Cockatoo) won NT Pop Song of the Year in 2013 and is based on an Aboriginal legend of his homeland, sung exclusively in the Yolngu language of Gupapuyngu.

Now his debut self-titled album is being released, featuring songs in a mix of Gupapuyngu, Pitjantjatjara and English, including traditional songlines (Wadulunha), as well as songs about social problems such as petrol sniffing (Pitula Wanti).

Single released 1 July from Kev Starkey debut album – 27 June 2016

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.

 

New single from Central Australian songwriter, Catherine Satour – 14 June 2016

Central Australian songwriter, Catherine Satour, is releasing the lead single from her upcoming self-titled EP. For Catherine Satour, music is in her blood, having played her first gig at 9 years old with her father Bunna Lawrie and his legendary band Coloured Stone. An Arrernte and Mirning woman living in Alice Springs, through her music Catherine shares experiences of life, love and place through songs that fuse rock and soul.

GAWURRA’s debut album released 8 April 2016

Gawurra (aka Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu) is an extraordinary singer and engaging performer hailing from East Arnhem Land. He releases his debut album Ratja Yaliyali [pronounced Rart-ja yarl-i yarl-i] on Friday 8th April as his debut single of the same name starts to gain momentum across ABC and CRN radio networks.

Gawurra’s debut single ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ released on 11 March 2016

 Gawurra [pronounced gowrra] is an extraordinary singer and engaging performer hailing from East Arnhem Land. A contemporary of Gurrumul, he has a deeply resonant voice and musical sensitivity. His debut single Ratja Yaliyali  [to be released from a forthcoming album of the same name]; won the 2015 NT Song of the Year Award in the Pop category.

Competition Unearths New Aboriginal Artists: Alukura Album Released 26 Feb – 23 February, 2016

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 on 26 February…

CAAMA Showcases New Music Releases for 2016 – 18 November, 2015

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…

Strong start for new Aboriginal record label ‘Therrka’ – 11 November, 2015

Since the launch of CAAMA Music’s grass-roots label ‘Therrka’ earlier this year, seven new albums by remote Aboriginal bands have been released, featuring five different languages and contributing around $25,000 into the Central Australian indigenous music industry through sales, performance income and event staging…

Kristal West, ‘The Voice’ finalist, releases debut solo single ‘And That’s Why’ – 30 October, 2015

 The 25-year-old Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter found a national audience in 2014 after being mentored by Will.i.am and becoming a Grand Finalist on channel 9s ‘The Voice’ is grand-daughter to the legendary Indigenous land rights activist, Eddie Mabo…

Alukura competition winner Alice Skye releases single ‘You Are the Mountains’ to iTunes – 30 October, 2015

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. Titled the Alukura Competition (Alukura meaning ‘women’ in the Arrernte language) CAAMA selected eight incredibly talented and passionate women from all corners of Australia to record at their studios in Alice Springs…

MusicNT Media Release- From Bush Band to headline band on Sand Tracks tour – 27 August, 2015

Country Arts WA and Music NT congratulate Tjintu Desert Band on their journey from Bush Bands Bash community Band to Sand Tracks tour headline artists.
In September 2015, Tjintu Desert Band will be giving back to young artists following in their footsteps by headlining Music NT’s Bush Bands Bash and Country Arts WA’s Sand Tracks tour. They will be the first band to complete the Bush Bands Bash / Sand Tracks cycle…

Big Rivers Community 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…

Crowd-funding campaign rewards donors with chance to record a single – 8 May 2015

CAAMA Music, has initiated a crowdfunding campaign to launch the musical careers of eight female singer-songwriters from around Australia, with rewards including the chance to record a single in CAAMA Music’s newly upgraded, state-of-the-art studio…

New grass-roots Aboriginal record label ‘Therrka’ – 5 March, 2015

A new, subsidiary label of CAAMA Music will be launched next week, 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…

Central Australian Music Showcased to the World – 29 October, 2014

Aboriginal music from Central Australia will be showcased to an international audience next month during the Australasian World Music Expo (AWME), held in Melbourne 13-16 November.

Sponsored by the Northern Territory Government’s Arts Grant Program, the CAAMA Music Showcase will feature Jacinta Price, Stewart Gaykamangu and Tjintu Desert Band and will be a free event held at the Shebeen in Melbourne from 12-2pm on Friday 14 November.

New Sound of Ayers Rock Resort: ‘Tjukurpa Ninti’ – 22 September, 2014

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…

Sand Tracks Tour 2014 features Blekbala Mujik and Running Water – August 2014

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…

Blekbala Mujik’s NEW album and TOUR – 3 September, 2014

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 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…

New Music Video by NIMAs-nominated Tjintu Desert Band – 12 August, 2014

A new music video by Tjintu Desert Band has been released in the lead-up to their performance at the National Indigenous Music Awards on 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’.

Rising Stars of Aboriginal Music Showcased – 21 July, 2014

The digital release today 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…

Sunrise Continues for Tjintu Desert Band – 23 May, 2014

Central Australian success-story, Tjintu Desert Band, continue to grow in popularity with the release of a new music video, an upcoming performance at Barunga Festival, and their second single on the way.

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…

Running Water selected for Sand Tracks 2014 – 22 May, 2014

MusicNT and CAAMA Music are pleased to announce that reggae band Running Water from Kintore have been selected to perform on the 2014 Sand Tracks Tour.

Running Water 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, a remote Indigenous contemporary music-touring program run by Country Arts WA, 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)…

AUM PR: New Album by Tjintu Desert Band – 7 March 2014

Tjamuku Ngurra [pronounced Jam-akoo Noora] features 10 tracks with resounding guitar riffs perfect for radio. Funk, rock, reggae and dub grooves have been woven together to create a distinct desert sound that simultaneously captures its wide-open spaces, its brutal beauty and its formidable darkness. Large and powerful tribal choruses combine with roots and rock influences – featuring Spanish inspired acoustic guitar, rock reggae electric riffs and all supported by a consistent moving dub bass…

National Exposure for Tjintu Desert Band – 28 February, 2014

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…

Aboriginal Christmas Carol Released by CAAMA Music – 9 December, 2013

CAAMA Music has released a version of the popular Christmas Carol, ‘Silent Night’, sung by Stewart Gaykamangu in the Aboriginal Yolngu language of East Arnhem Land…

A Year of Successful Staging by CAAMA Music – 2 December, 2013

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.  A department of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, CAAMA Music this year launched an event staging initiative to provide hands-on industry training for those taking part in the Regional Music Development Program (RMDP)…

Jacinta Price’s Debut Album DRY RIVER – Released 22 Nov, 2013

Prior to the release of this debut album, DRY RIVER (produced by Bill Chambers), Jacinta Price has already made a name for herself as a singer-songwriter, famous for her soulful voice that won her “Artist of the Year” at the NAIDOC Awards in 2011 and saw her nominated for Most Promising New Talent in Music in the 2012 Deadly Awards…

CAAMA MUSIC Extends Regional Music Development Program to Yirrkala – 14 August, 2013

Yirrkala, in East Arnhem Land, has been the third community so far this year to benefit from the Regional Music Development Program launched by Alice Springs-based indigenous record label, CAAMA MUSIC. The program aims to further develop the skills of regional communities to record music, organise local community concerts and maintain musical equipment…

Sunshine Makes Way for Tjintu – 21 June 2013

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…

CAAMA MUSIC Launches Training of Indigenous ‘Music Industry Rangers’ – 11 April, 2013

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…

CAAMA MUSIC’s EXPANSION – 19 March 2013

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…

CAAMA Showcases New Music Releases for 2016 – 18 Nov

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…