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National Indigenous Music Award nominations announced

Jess Cole

Gurrumul, Thelma Plum and Benny Walker are among those up for a 2013 National Indigenous Music Award.
National Indigenous Music Award nominations announced

Gurrumul, Thelma Plum and Benny Walker are among those up for a 2013 National Indigenous Music Award.

This year’s Awards will pay tribute to Yothu Yindi and the late Dr Yunupingu with a special concert at the awards ceremony in Darwin on 10 August 2013.

Celebrated for promoting Indigenous music to the world stage, Yothu Yindi have also been nominated for Artist of the Year alongside prodigal former band member Gurrumul Yunupingu and pop singer/actress Jessica Mauboy.

‘This year’s nominations exceeded all our expectations and have highlighted some of the amazing talent from across the country,’ MusicNT General Manager Mark Smith said. ‘The finalists that the judges have selected are some of the country’s most exciting artists and it’s great to see them recognised. The NIMA ceremony on Saturday August 10 is shaping up as a landmark event celebrating excellence in Indigenous music as well as the outstanding achievements of Yothu Yindi and Mr Yunupingu.’

Gurrumul, Kutcha Edwards, members of The Medics, members of East Journey, Jimblah, triple j Unearthed winner Robbie Miller and many others will pay tribute to Yothu Yindi by interpreting the band’s most well-known songs. Original members of Yothu Yindi are set to join these artists in what organisers promise to be a memorable and emotional evening.

Gurrumul holds a significant presence in the list, with two nominations for Song of the Year for his collaborations with Delta Goodrem – their ARIA #1 hit 'Bayini' – and with Yolanda Be Cool, 'A Baru in New York' (Flume Remix), which is currently charging up the German charts.

For her hit 'Around Here', Brisbane songstress Thelma Plum has also been nominated for Song of the Year, along with a host of talented artists including Archie Roach for the uplifting 'Song to Sing', Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen for 'Waliwaliyangu li-Anthawirriyarra a-Kurija (Saltwater People Song)' and Victorian roots singer Benny Walker for his song, 'Enough is Enough'.

Uncovered by the NIMA triple j Unearthed competition in 2012, Plum is also one of a diverse mix of artists from all corners of the country in the running for the title of New Talent of the Year, alongside Perth MC Bryte, Darwin hiphop trio DT3, Queensland dub roots collective Dubmarine and emerging Victorian talent Benny Walker.

Walker is recognised for a third nomination for his record, Saints and Sinners, in the prestigious Album of the Year category. Also nominated in this category is Melbourne bluesman Kutcha Edwards for Blak & Blu, Archie Roach for Into the Bloodstream, and Shellie Morris for Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunugu (Together We Are Strong).

Other awards include Film Clip of the Year and Cover Art of the Year, which have both moved to national recognition.

Within these categories, celebrating the visuals that accompany the vocals, are the high quality video clips from the Gowrie Boys’ 'Tomorrow’s Heroes' and the album artwork for Yothu Yindi’s best of album, Healing Stone.


For the first time this year the NIMAs also feature a new Community Clip of the Year Award, which acknowledges music as a means of spreading positive messages throughout Indigenous communities.

Part of the Darwin Festival, the National Indigenous Music Awards are an initiative of MusicNT and are presented in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.

The Awards concert and ceremony (where the winners will be announced) will take place on Saturday 10 August at The Amphitheatre, George’s Green, Darwin. For more information including tickets and travel arrangements visit the Darwin Festival website.

Rrawun Maymuru, Kutcha Edwards and William Barton perform Yothu Yindi’s 'Mainstream' on the Marngrook Footy Show below:

About the author

Jess Cole is from the UK and completed her MA at London's Courtauld Institute specialising in early modern prints. Her interests also lie in education and widening participation in the arts and she has a passion for crafting.