Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (September 2010)
Indigenous Music Awards
The enthusiastic crowd was treated to performances by 2009 Hall of Fame inductees Tableland Drifters, Warren H Williams, Ali Mills, and Arnhem Land rock stars Saltwater Band.
Joining Saltwater Band on stage to perform their new single ‘Malk’ was Blue King Brown’s Natalie Pa’apa’a.
Gurrumul Yunupingu’s surprise return to the stage to perform with his band [Saltwater Band] and accept the award for Act of the Year had the crowd roaring in appreciation.
Garrangali collected four prizes including Album and Song of the Year and hosts MusicNT honoured Ali Mills with a Special Recognition Award for her contribution to the Indigenous music industry.
It was a very special night for young Indigenous women as 11-year-old Varsity Dhurrkay joined her father, Manuel, to perform with Saltwater Band, whilst a group of young women from Mamadawerre known as Wildflower, were recognised for their work in winning Emerging Act of the year, a prize which carries a $10,000 touring package and a $5,000 NT Government scholarship.
Arnhem Land was well represented across the awards and performances throughout the night as the Chooky Dancers showcased a dance in a special memorial dedication to the late Mr Garawirrtja who founded and mentored the group from Elcho Island.
Music Awards winners
- Act of the Year: Gurrumul Yunupingu
- Emerging Act of the Year: Wildflower
- School Band Award: Seven Star Band, Yirrkala CEC
- Artwork/Design of the Year: Garrangali
- DVD/FilmClip Award: ‘History’ by Gurrumul Yunupingu
- Traditional Award: ‘Sea Rights Bungul’ - Mulka Project & Dhuwa Dhapi - Mulka Project
- Song of the Year: ‘Searights’ by Garrangali
- Album of the Year: Garrangali
- Hall of Fame: Kumanjayi Murphy
- Special Recognition Award: Ali Mills