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National Indigenous Music Awards

It’s been a massive year for Indigenous musicians in the Australian music charts.

Dr. G won the Australian Music Prize and four ARIAs for Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), and Mojo Juju and Dan Sultan were nominated for three and two ARIAs respectively.

Electric Fields have taken the nation by storm and narrowly missed representing Australia on the Eurovision stage, and Baker Boy continues to climb the charts and be Cool As Hell, his tunes splashed across the airwaves.

What this all means is the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) judges have quite the task ahead of them to select this year’s winners.

Mojo Juju is leading the charge with four nominations following the huge success of her third studio album Native Tongue.

Following the Wirandjuri woman is Gumbaynggirr rapper, Tasman Keith, who is up for Song of the Year, New Talent and Film Clip.

The epic awards night will see the legendary Archie Roach return to the NIMAs stage for the first time in four years. He’s joined by a diverse line up including Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Electric Fields, Tasman Keith, Indigenous choir collective Spinifex Gum, Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham, Larrakia Nation’s Kenbi Dancers and violinist Eric Avery.

NIMA Reference Group Chair Warren H. Williams says the NIMAs are a great way to formally recognise the achievements of Indigenous musicians making an impact in the music scene.

“In the past year, Indigenous music has continued its meteoric rise to the top of music in Australia, pushing boundaries and finding its place at the forefront of art in our country,” he says.

“The NIMAs follows that rise, ready to recognise and amplify the voices of our musicians on their journey upwards.”

Head along and enjoy this important annual celebration with a magical night of music under the stars.

National Indigenous Music Awards Sat 10 Aug | 7pm, 6pm Gates | Darwin Amphitheatre | $40 | $33 Conc | Free U12 | |

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