Winners & Highlights of 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards!

Winners & Highlights of 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards!

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The 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards was a fantastic night with great performances by Yirrmal Marika who had a very powerful voice, East Journey ft. Yothu Yindi, B2M who also joined Blekbala Mujik on stage to sing their legendary song “Be Happy Everyone”. Also on stage this year were the Painted Ladies project and two more legends joined the line up Frank Yamma and Gurrumul!

This year’s NIMA award for Artist of the Year was awarded to two artists; Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan. An equal amount of votes came in from the voting panel for each artist and the decision was made to honor both parties with this prestigious national award.

Last Import - 386QLD singer/songwriter Thelma Plum received the award for Song of the Year for How Much Does Your Love Cost?  

Maverick hip-hop artist Briggs walked away with two gongs for his Album Sheplife and Film Clip of the year for Bad Apples produced by Heath Kerr & Josh Davis, the video now has 250k views on YouTube and climbing. A must-see.

Also a must-see is the Like A Version performance by last year’s triple j Unearthed NIMA winner and this year’s New Talent of the Year; Philly. This young hip hop artist is a star in the making and destined for greatness.

Last Import - 372If you were able to judge an album by its cover then it makes a lot of sense that the award for Cover Art of the Year went to Cause N Affect – a profound debut album released by Radical Son.

The National Community Clip of the Year acknowledges the role that music and new media plays in spreading positive messages throughout Indigenous communities. This year the NIMA went to Cairns Murri Crew – Built to Last produced by Desert Pea Media and showcasing the extraordinary talents of these young adults from Cairns.

Last Import - 282NT Traditional Music Award of the Year went to two acts both from North East Arnhem Land: Djalu Gurruwiwi a healer and the world’s primary custodian of the Yidaki,

[the didgeridoo] – known in the music business for shaping the Yidaki used by Yothu Yindi throughout their career. And East Journey received the award for their songlines Mokuy & Bonba recorded with permission to be publically available via The Genesis Project EP released earlier this year.

NT School Band of the Year goes to Karungkarni formed in 2014 at Kalkaringi School. Kalkaringi is an Indigenous community 470km south-west of Katherine, NT and sometimes referred to as Wave Hill. The band won the 2014 Garma Youth Song Writing Competition at Garma Festival in 2014. The band’s song ‘Gurindji Man,’ about Gurindji leader Vincent Lingiari who headed the 1966 strike at Wave Hill, was featured on Radio National and ABC news around the time of Gough Whitlam’s funeral in late 2014. The ‘Gurindji Man’ video clip produced by Todd Williams of VampTV was also a finalist in the 2014 Darwin Fistful of Films.

Last Import - 218And last, but certainly not least, comes news of this year’s artists to be inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame for their remarkable contribution to the Indigenous music scene. The inductees were legendary Central Australian band Blekbala Mujik, who are broadly considered one of the most influential of Australia’s Aboriginal rock bands, and a legend of equal standing Vic Simms. Vic Simms album titled The Loner was recorded in 1973 in the kitchen of Bathurst Gaol, where Vic was incarcerated at the time. Almost impossible to find, The Loner has been described as “Australia’s great lost classic album of black protest music” and has returned to the stage in the form of The Painted Ladies led by Luke Peackock featuring members of The Medics.

TEABBA Radio were so thrilled to be apart of this years 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards by broadcasting this great event Nationwide! Joining TEABBA for the National broadcast once again was CAAMA Radio crew. A BIG thank you to all stations across the country for taking our broadcast, big shout out to:

CAAMA – Central Australia region

PAKAM – Pilbara and Kimberley region

Goolari Media – Broome area

QRAM – Cairns QLD region

Cairns FM – Cairns area

Noongar Radio – Perth area

Paw Media – NT/ WA central border region


All Community Radio Networks

Without your help 1.2 Million listeners wouldn’t have had a chance to listen to the deadly sounds coming out of the 2015 NIMAs.


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