Sounds of Yothu Yindi for National Indigenous Music Awards 2013

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The National Indigenous Music Awards revealed the legendary Yothu Yindi will be celebrated at the 2013 Awards concert with performances by some of the country’s top Indigenous acts.

In 2012 the ARIAs recognised Yothu Yindi for their groundbreaking contribution to the Australian music scene and inducted the band into the ARIA Hall of Fame.  A special performance featuring Gurrumul, Dan Sultan, Jessica Mauboy, Peter Garrett and Paul Kelly was a highlight of this ceremony.

This year, the National Indigenous Music Awards dedicate the event to the musical legacy of Yothu Yindi with a concert featuring some of the country’s top musicians playing tribute to this outstanding Indigenous band at the Darwin Amphitheatre on Saturday August 10, 2013.

“It’s a very exciting time with so many Indigenous artists doing so well. We are talking to a number of indigenous artists and they all want to jump on stage to be a part of this historical NIMA concert. With so many artists across the country we look forward to an amazing celebration of Yothu Yindi and the bands legacy”, says Mark Smith Manager Music NT presenters of NIMA.

To launch this concept concert, the NIMAs today brought together Rrawun Maymuru the grandson of Mandawuy Yunupingu and lead singer of East Journey, Soul-father Kutcha Edwards and the country’s most outstanding didjeridu player William Barton and Francis Diatschenko [Gurrumul] for a very special showcase at Melbourne’s Art Centre performing the hit single “Mainstream”.

“My heart is full of joy. I am so happy to see that in my lifetime Indigenous music has come such a long way. And to have these talented artists come together to honour the groundbreaking work of Yothu Yindi makes me proud beyond words. Yo Manymak,”says Mandawuy Yunupingu

While most of the line up will be announced mid June, it can be revealed that the original members of the original Yothu Yindi line up will perform.   Several artists will step into the shoes of Mandawuy Yunupingu including grandson Rrawun Maymuru, lead singer of rising band East Journey. Melbourne’s Kutcha Edwards known as the soul-father of Indigenous music has also been confirmed.

Expect to see the country’s best Indigenous performers along side some of it’s rising stars as musicians from all over the country will fly in to perform on this star-studded night. Together and separately various performers will play tribute to Yothu Yindi, covering the band’s greatest and most recognised songs.

Also announced is the triple j Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards competition. For the second time, the radio station known for finding the country’s best unsigned acts is on the search again for the new sound in Indigenous music. “In our inaugural year we found an exceptional young singer songwriter, Thelma Plum, who has found a huge audience of fans since being Unearthed.  We can’t wait to once again dig through and hear all the fantastic music from Indigenous musicians we know is out there”, says Stephanie Carrick, Executive Producer triple j Unearthed.
With a gift for soulful songwriting that reaches far beyond her age, Brisbane songbird Thelma Plum won the competition in 2012. In the year since the competition catapulted her into the limelight, Thelma has inked a record deal with Footstomp Records, released a debut EP titled Rosie, scored a performance slots at this year’s Byron Bluesfest and is now on a national tour supporting Emma Louise.

“My life has completely changed since being Unearthed at the NIMAs last year. The opportunities have been overwhelming, I can hardly catch my breath. I urge others out there who are quietly going about making music to get out there and sign up. If it could happen to me it could happen to you” says Thelma Plum.

The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards. In 2013 the Awards celebrate 10 years of recognising Indigenous music and the third year of being a national event. Expect an overwhelmingly magical night of musical greatness.

Nominations close on June 15th 2013.  Head online to to nominate for acts for the national categories of Act, Album, Song, New Talent of the Year, Film Clip and Cover Art of the Year.

National Indigenous Music Awards Ceremony and Concert, August 10, 2013

Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin NT

More information:

Tickets to NIMA 2013 are on sale via

The National Indigenous Music Awards are an initiative of MusicNT and are presented in partnership with the Northern Territory Government and are part of the Darwin Festival.

Key Dates:

•    Thursday May 16: triple j Unearthed competition opens/unsigned Indigenous acts can upload their tracks to
•    Sat 15th June: National Indigenous Music Awards Nominations close
•    Sun 7th July: triple j Unearthed Competition close
•    Mid June: Full NIMAs line up announced
•    Wed 26th June: NIMA Finalists announced
•    Thu 11th July: triple j Unearthed Winner Announced
•    Sat 10th Aug: NIMAs Ceremony & Concert, Darwin Amphitheatre NT