A project working with high school students in the birthplace of musical group Yothu Yindi is putting Indigenous female rappers in the spotlight — and they are doing it in their own language, Yolngu Matha.
The Darwin-based musician, who was raised in Milingimbi and Maningrida in northeast Arnhem Land, is the first Indigenous artist to have achieved mainstream success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.
For the second year, the late Gumatj singer, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, was posthumously honoured at the National Indigenous Music Awards (Nimas), with three major awards including artist of the year.
His recently released Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) picked up album of the year and its title track won song of the year at the awards.
Djarimirri was the first Indigenous language album to debut at number one on the Aria charts earlier this year.
“The history he has made taking a true Australian language and heritage to number one proves the strength of the underlying cultural identity of this nation,” Michael Hohnen, creative director at his label Skinnyfish Music said at the time.
Triple J Unearthed winner of 2017, Baker Boy (AKA Danzal Baker), will headline the inaugural Giiyong Festival at Jigamy on September 22.