Gurrumul to be inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame

[by Charlotte Brennan]

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The National Indigenous Music Awards are paying tribute to Australian music legend
Gurrumul this Saturday August 6 in a touching tribute from fellow Saltwater Band
founder Manuel Dhurrkay and Top End pop Queen Jessica Mauboy.


The first live National Indigenous Music Awards since 2019 is shaping up to be one of the most sensational yet. Hosted by the inimitable Steven Oliver, the show is live at the iconic Darwin Amphitheater presented by Amazon Music and broadcast around Australia from 7pm this Saturday on NITV, SBS Viceland, NIRS, Facebook and SBS On Demand.


The Internationally acclaimed Yolŋu singer songwriter Gurrumul will be formally inducted
into the NIMA Hall Of Fame on Saturday night with a special performance from Manuel
Dhurrkay and Jessica Mauboy, where he will join previous inductees including Warumpi Band, Archie Roach, Roger Knox, Kev Carmody and his former band Yothu Yindi.


Gurrumul’s legacy will be also be honoured this Thursday with the first Darwin performance of his critically acclaimed ‘Buŋgul’, a live celebration featuring the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. The event will commemorate his life, culture and final masterpiece ‘Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow)’ which was the first album in an Indigenous language to chart at #1.


Gurrumul’s induction will also be celebrated with an exhibit at Melbourne’s Australian Music Vault from this Friday.


As well as the tribute performance, the NIMAs also welcomes Noongar woman and triple j Unearthed winner Bumpy who will be bringing her soulful sounds of loss, joy and connection to the awards stage for the very first time. The night will also feature a massive lineup of Australian talent, with performances by Thelma Plum, King Stingray, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, Birdz & Fred Leone, Yirrmal, J-MILLA and the Red Flag Dancers.


On Sunday from 5pm, join Blak Out for a wrap of the country’s biggest First Nations music event simulcast across triple j, Double J and triple j Unearthed. Host Nooky will be live from Larrakia country catching up with the winners and performances from the ceremony, as well as all the not to be missed backstage antics.


Leading this year’s NIMA finalist list is BARKAA, the Malyangapa and Barkindji woman and fast-rising star with four NIMA nominations. Known for her hard-hitting rap tracks, BARKAA has earned candidacy for her songs ‘King Brown’ and ‘Black Matriarchy’, and the title of New Talent of the Year. Following with three nominations Yolngu man Baker Boy.

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