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Indigenous Artists and Bands

This page contains a list of Western Australian artists and bands with a link to their official website, if they have one. If they do not have an official site, we have indicated with an asterisk (*) next to their name, and often there is information on other sites, particularly the recording studios that have produced the music. We have also included a separate list of Central Australian musicians.

WA

Mark Atkins – Yamatji
Mark Atkins was the 1990 winner of the Golden Didjeridu competition, and is also a storyteller, songwriter, composer and painter. He has worked with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Hothouse Flowers, Marlene Cummins, Philip Glass, The Black Arm Band and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Allan Moarywaalla Barker (Black Allan Barker)* Port Hedland
Allan Moarywaalla Barker is a singer and songwriter of Aboriginal grassroots and was a co-founder of Greenpeace Australia. His album, Fire Burning (Abmusic) is now rare to find and “Run Dingo Run” and “Take Me Back”,

Bryte MC*
Bryte is an established hip hop artist based in Perth and inspires the younger generation with his rap lyrics.

Jimmi Chi* Broome
His best-known work is the 1990 musical Bran Nue Dae which was adapted for film in 2009.

Desert Child* – Broome
Guy Ghouse and Damian Watkiss are an acoustic instrumental duo.

MaryG Kitja
Mary G (Mark Bin Bakra) is a live performer, a television presenter, a writer, a director and a producer of film and video. Mark gives empowerment to Indigenous people on the issues of education, self-esteem and awareness of issues.

The Merindas
Multi-Award winning artists, Candice Lorrae and Kristel Kickett are a high-energy, inspirational and authentic dreamtime Soul Music Experience The Merindas have shared the stage with Australia’s biggest stars, including Archie Roach, Kasey Donovan, Christine Anu, Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel, Troy Casser-Daley, and International R&B Grammy Award Winning Artist, Brandy.

Tori Oakley* – Yamatji, Shark Bay

Pigram Brothers – Broome
The Pigram Brothers are a seven-piece country folk/rock band from the pearling town of Broome, Western Australia.

Scrap Metal* – Broome
Scrap Metal were a band from Broome, Western Australia, who played rock music with elements of country and reggae. They toured nationally as part of the Bran Nue Day musical.

George Walley – Noongar
George is a Western Australian Music Industry (WAMI) award winner and his music reflects his heritage as a Noongar person, with reference to 40 000 years of cultural knowledge. George is a member of Madjitil Moorna and composes songs in language for Western Australia students to learn and enjoy. George has been a primary school teacher, university lecturer, performing musician and now runs cultural tours in the Mandurah region.

Dr Richard Walley Noongar
Dr Richard Walley, OAM,  is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performers, musicians and writers, who has been a campaigner for the Indigenous cause.

Gina Williams (Balladong, Noongar) and Guy Ghouse
Gina was the winner of the West Australian of the Year awards in 2017, welcome song Wanjoo for Western Australian students to sing in schools and promote Language in schools. Gina is available for incursions to speak about her culture, using her song as an impetus for conversation.
Guy Ghouse is of Malay decent, but in musical projects such as Desert Child and has collaborated with Gina Williams to produce two albums completely sung in Noongar language – Kalyakoorl (Forever) and Bindi Bindi (Butterfly).

Yabu Band* Wongutha
Were a desert rock/reggae band

 

Central Australia

Baker Boy (Danzel Baker)*  Yolngu
Baker Boy is a Indigenous hip hop artist who raps in language and instills pride in his culture and community. Danzel Baker was also one of the founding members of the dance group Djuki Mala.

Candice Lorrae (Ms Shae)*

Jessica Mauboy Darwin NT
Sing, songwriter, actor.

Shellie Morris – Warduman and Yanuwa roots
Shellie has spend the past 25 years honing her skills as a story teller and musician. She has learnt from communities around the world an worked with them engaging in music as a healing tool. Shellie has been award many accolades, including 2014 NT Australian of the YEar, the 2014 NAIDOC National Artist of the Year, a multi Deadly Award winner and a driving force of the acclaimed album Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu and the internationally award-winning musical documentary Prison Songs.

Skinnyfish Music – Artists biographies and music samples
Many of the artists are from Northern Territory, Elcho Island and Arnhem Land.

Warumpi BandPapunya, NT
Aboriginal rock group that disbanded in 2000.

Yirrimal – Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land NT
Yirrmal is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautiful voice, singing songs about his homeland and culture with feeling and depth beyond his years. Yirrimal was inspired by his grandfather, Dr M Yunupingu, former lead singer of Yothu Yindi, he fuses traditional and contemporary arrangements with class and passion.

Yothu Yindi*
The Yolngu members of the band celebrate their deep spiritual connections with the land, connections that are kept alive through song and dance and ceremony, public aspects of which are found within the band’s recordings and live performances. With the death of the lead singer, the family have requested that his first name not to be used. Some free audio downloads are available under ‘The Music’ tab.

Dr G Yunupingu – Elcho Island, Arnhem Land NT
* No official site found.