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Serum for the Soul By Tom Hearn


I was lucky enough to get a media pass for the NIMA’s in Darwin on Friday night and yarned with a bunch of amazing artists including Michael Hohnen from Skinnyfish Music, Dan Sultan, Shellie Morris, Blue King Brown and others.

And yes we have pics, videos and yarns just for our Bushtv mob which we will post in the coming days. Thumbs up people if you want to be the first to share the NIMA love!!

Great pics and long amazing interview with Dan first up on Monday!

Michael from Skinnyfish was kept busy collecting the awards all night while Gurrumul was resting up at home on Elcho before the big tour next week.

Gurrumul listened to the awards night on Skype surrounded by family and friends.

If you haven’t heard already collecting the five [5] big gongs of the night was Gurrumul Yunupingu, which came as no surprise to many in the audience. His new album Rrakala was awarded Album of the Year and Artwork of the Year whilst the man himself “Act of the Year”. More surprising were the wins for the song Gathu Mawula.  A remix from a track on his debut album, this collaboration with Blue King Brown took out awards for Song of the year and Film Clip of the year; the latter currently surpassing the 40,000 hit mark on youtube –

Check this clip out guys and share it with your friends, and then get ready for our feature stories with Blue King Brown about their amazing journey with Gurrumul on Gathu Mawula! We also yarn with Dan Sultan about the major turning points in his life and musical career and meet up with the ever graceful and warm Shellie Morris!

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Deadly Artists and Art Everywhere!

If you’re in Cairns this weekend come and meet some of Queensland’s best artists and have a look at the amazing works on display. Here’s a tiny slice of some of the art works. We’ll post some more when the Fair heats up over the weekend!

More information about the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

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Bushtv is giving away a family pass of 4 tickets to NIMA valued at $100 bucks to a local Indigenous Darwin family or group of 4 to see one of the most outrageously talented Indigenous music line ups in Ausralian music history.

Nominee Dan Sultan will headline a huge concert which will also include Warumpi Band, rising stars Iwantja Band, Shellie Morris with singers from the Song Peoples Sessions,Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address and the acclaimed Red Flag Dancers with vocalist Grant Nundhirribala (Yilila) and others. The 2011 NIMAs concert and ceremony takes place on Friday August 19, 7-11pm (gates open 6pm). Bookings can be made now online, $25 full price/$20 concession.

To enter this comp go to the Bushtv FaceBook page and and “like” the page and then leave a “comment” (no more than 50 words) under the GIMME GIMME NIMA Tickets Giveaway post about why your mob wants to attend this event. Bushtv will select best comment and announce winners on this Friday morning on the Bushtv Facebook.

Tickets can be collected at the gate with ID from winners!!


Good Luck!!

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DAN THE MAN Story by Tom Hearn

Good Singer Songwriters have a mercurial presence that draws a sweaty crowd. Great ones go beyond and embody what can be only described as the X factor. I don’t like using this term but the term was invented because sometimes there are no words to describe someone’s talent and overall appeal.

Dan Sultan has it. You only need to have a look at the countless pics on the net with adoring fans, mostly women, standing next to their idol after a concert somewhere in the world.

Elvis had it too and when you look at Sultan in full flight in one of the thousands of clips uploaded on youtube you begin to realize this man is old school rockabilly and blues. He’s country. He’s soul and he’s got the musicality, and the natural and unaffected gyrations of Cocker or Van in full flight, and of course a voice that demands its way into your heart and soul.

But this young man isn’t an island. It’s his collaborators that help drive this front man into the legend status. If the talented Dan Sultan band was an archipelago,  Scott Wilson would be the island with the abundant fresh wells of water. His guitar skills and song writing ability match Sultan’s voice and presence so perfectly you could be mistaken for comparing that great Aussie songwriting team of Barnes and Walker.

Luckily for his adoring fans Dan Sultan and his full band will be playing at this years inaugral National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA), and will be odds on favorite to win several categories after his win at this years ARIA’s.

Dan Sultan is up for the Act of the Year Award at this year’s NIMAs alongside Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.

Dan will lead a line up of legendary Aboriginal musicians at this year’s inaugural National Indigenous Music Awards on August 19th in Darwin. The Deadlys and ARIA Awarded – Male Artist of the Year, is proud to bring the full band to Darwin and lead what is sure to be an historical night. Starring on the bill are classic performances by seminal Indigenous rock-bands Warumpi, Coloured Stone and No Fixed Address. Joining them is Red Flag Dancers from Numbulwar; featuring the remarkable vocal powers of song-man Grant Nundhirribala [Yilila].

Additional performances include the Yanyuwa Song People Sessions with Shellie Morris and new-comer Iwantja. The Amphitheatre, Doors open 6pm, Show starts 7pm Adult $ 25, Concession $ 20, children under 12 free, Bookings:08-89434222, and visit the NIMA facebook for daily updates and stories.

Tickets can be booked at here [link:]

Generation One are a proud sponsor of the 2011 National Indigenous Music Awards. Over 3000 schools have registered for this years Hands Across Australia Song Competition . Entries close 23rd September 2011. To register your school simply go to the link above and get your music shoes on! 

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ELEGY MAN by Rich Fleming

In an age where the music industry is polluted with the glitz and glamour of artificial pop songs, the rise of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has provided us with a truly revitalising breath of fresh air. His music is the beauty of everything that is both Yolngu  and Australian. To say he is fast becoming our next iconic troubadour is an understatement.
Born in Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) off the coast of Arnhem Land, Gurrumul was born blind. He grew up like every other kid on Elcho Island never letting his disability hold him back, whether it was riding bikes, playing hide and seek, playing marbles, or developing a love for music.

At the age of five Gurrumul received a gift that would change his life forever – it was a miniature keyboard from his parents. This keyboard unleashed his ear for music. By the time he was a teenager Gurrumul had mastered not only the keyboard, but also the drums, didgeridoo and the guitar.

It is his guitar skills that proclaim his true musical mastery. Gurrumul, a left-hander, taught himself how to play a right-handed strung guitar by flipping it upside down playing it back-to-front – a talent that amazes even the best Australian guitarists like John Butler and Xavier Rudd.

His rare talents have always been known and rejoiced by his family and country up in Elcho. It was his cousin, Mandawuy Yunupingupingu, who recruited an extremely reserved 20-year-old Gurrumul to play keyboards, guitar and percussion in his band Yothu Yindi.

After eight years of touring, the extremely reserved Gurrumul yearned the private life and returned to Elcho Island to live. Once back on the island Gurrumul helped start up the reggae-style ‘Salt Water Band’. Like his role within Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul took a quiet, back seat by playing guitar and composing the songs.

It wasn’t until 2007, 12 years after leaving Yothu Yindi, that the hidden beauty of Gurrumul’s voice was fully exposed onto the Australian music scene. His self-titled debut album, which was sung in a range of his local languages (Yolngu, Galpu, Gumatj, Wangurri, Djambarrpuyngu) and produced on a shoestring budget, took Australia by storm and sold over 100,000 copies.

Whilst the critics ran out of superlatives to describe his gracefully unique voice, the reviews for his album were no surprise to his friends, family and former band-members. They had always known that behind this extremely reserved musician was the voice of an angel able to bless everyone who came into contact with it.

We are again blessed by Gurrumul’s astonishing voice and musical mastery as he has just released another astonishing breath of fresh air into the world. His second album Rralaka, which debuted at No.3 on the ARIA charts earlier this year, is yet another breath-taking Australian album that demonstrates why his music is the beauty of everything that is Australian.

Gurrumul and the Rralaka are predicted to feature strongly at this years National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA).

Gopuru, the first song on the album describes the rhythms of a totemic fish as it swims through the sea. It is an extremely powerful melodic hymn and it is Gurrumul’s first solo song that showcases his graceful skills on the piano.

Whilst Gopuru has been sung in his beautiful native Yolngu language, Gurrumul’s breath-taking voice is once again able to transcend language and cultural boundaries to deliver one of the best songs of 2011.

Gurrumul will be up for a range of National Indigenous Music Awards in under a fortnight time. Don’t miss your chance to experience an amazing night of Indigenous music .

Gurrumul Yunupingu will be touring nationally throughout August – September. For more information visit

The National Indigenous Music Awards will be held on Friday 19th August (7pm start) at the Darwin Botanical Gardens Amphitheatre. Tickets can be booked at here [link:]

Generation One are a proud sponsor of the 2011 National Indigenous Music Awards. Over 3000 schools have registered for this years Hands Across Australia Song Competition . Entries close 23rd September 2011. To register your school simply go to the link above and get your music shoes on! 

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SONGS FROM THE HEART Blog by Kiah Danielle Woodall

“Wow! What better way to get amped up for this year’s 2011 National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) than spin a yarn with the one and only Shellie Morris! 

Aboriginal Singer and Songwriter Shellie Morris will be performing at NIMA this year, and I was lucky enough to catch up for a quick yarn about her favourite tucker, favourite place and most importantly – her beautiful music! As expected though, I was given much more than I’d bargained for and finished the conversation feeling the passion and pride that Shellie so naturally spreads!
Just as Shellie sings songs from the heart, she also speaks her words from the heart. Given the opportunity to speak to such a prominent and moving woman, it had to be asked, what advice does Shellie have to share with young musos? Her answer mirrors her strength and the strength of Aboriginal Australia – “Never give up. Times that by three!”

Having done extensive social justice work with remote and regional communities and youth engagement, Shellie’s passion and pride is obvious as she explains that she will always have time for her people, always have time for community and is the biggest fan of home talent, including renowned artists such as Black Arm Band and Northern Territory Artists.

Here’s Shellie answers to some of your questions : 

1. There’s a lot of buzz this year for NIMA, why?
Well it’s National, it’s very exciting for me and for all of us.  And it’s in Darwin so it will be awesome!!

2. Who’s your favourite Muso?
Too many to say for one interview! I’ve spent a lot of time in remote communities and I’m a big fan of NT Indigenous Artists, Australia Wide and Black Arm Band. I think the rest of Australia should know this talent too.

3. Where do your amazing songs come from?
My heart, my story, my journey so far, from life, from travel and country.

4. Do you have any advice for young Musicians?
Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. Sometimes it feels like things aren’t moving for you, but it is, keep on and work hard. Never give up. 

5. If you were on a deserted island what song would you have on your Ipod?
My Island Home! (laughs) That’s funny!

6. Favourite Place?
Home, which is wherever my family is.

7. Favourite Food?

8. Favourite Instrument?
Grand Piano

9. Favourite Movie?
Murundak – which is the Black Arm Band documentary

Stay tuned guys – this year NIMA is big, in fact the first time this Indigenous Music Awards is going National! So it’s time to show your support and jump on the bandwagon in support of our own countries home talent.

Tomorrow we are doing a feature story on Gurrumul and his amazing new song G0puru!

For more info on the nominees head over to  NIMA’s facebook page and like it heaps and get involved!”

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