The National Indigenous Music Awards has unveiled its line up for its 2017 ceremony and for another year running, the Darwin event has shown itself to be one of Australian music’s shining lights on the annual calendar. At the Darwin Amphitheatre, the crowd celebrates the country’s Indigenous talent under stars, in a tropical vibe unlike any other.
This year, the line up is stacked with emerging and established talent – a great representation of the artists coming out of the Top End and elsewhere around the country. Led by A.B Original (with Dan Sultan in tow), the NIMAs are set to feature special performances by Paul Kelly, Gawurra, Leah Flanagan, Electric Fields, Apakatjah, Emily Wurramara and an unmissable performance from the Numbulwar Red Flag Dancers.
Celebrating its 14th year in 2017, it makes sense that the NIMAs would step things up but with new talent continuing to make inroads into the mainstream music industry, the spotlight being thrust onto community more and more. And rightly so, too.
For another year, NIMA is partnering up with triple j Unearthed to provide a platform for an emerging Indigenous artist to hit the stage – all interested musicians need to do is upload their new music to Unearthed by July 2nd.
Nominations for the National Indigenous Music Awards are closing on June 23rd – for more information, visit www.indigenousmusic.com.au. The awards are held on August 12th this year – stay tuned for more updates!