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Baker Boy

In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin is Burralung/Gela boy. Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities of Yurrwi [formerly known as Milingimbi and Maningrida] 21 year-old Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy is related to rising stars Gawurra and Yirrmal. He is the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Young, strong and proud...

No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address formed at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) in North Adelaide in 1979. It was there that the band began writing and developing music arrangements. NFA had lots of time to rehearse as there wasn't anyone else around at the time.  Having time to be able to work together on material meant that the band were able to accomplish a lot more and compete a level playing field.  "Compete I mean music wise. Its what the crowd...

Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Projects

Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving and important Mission Songs Project reveals what daily was like for Indigenous Australians on Christian missions and state-run settlements. Through the discovery of rare secular songs that were sung after church, audiences can gain a deeper understanding about the history of elders, families and communities, from cultural identity to love and loss. Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian...

Benny Walker

Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side such as those on album Through the Forest through to upbeat songs such as Summer Sun Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide. Nominated for 4 NIMA awards in 2016 New...

Chelsy Atkins

A favourite local artist from Pambula who is making a big impact wherever she performs. Her powerful songs in traditional language are mesmerising and compelling....

Sean Choolburra

We are excited to announce Giiyong Festival's arvo and evening MC is Sean Choolburra! I always tell people “we are the oldest storytellers in the world. And that’s pretty much what stand up comedy it. It’s storytelling” - Sean Choolburra Sean Choolburra is one of the most popular and versatile Indigenous performers in Australia today. He has a long 25+ year’s career as a didgeridoo player, dancer, singer, actor, songwriter, and comedian. Sean Choolburra is known and...

Frank Yamma

Frank Yamma is without a doubt one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries – a love song sung in Pitjantjatjara will make your heart sing in whatever language you speak. When he sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply evocative voice are all there in...

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara / Kokatha kunga (woman) born on Kaurna land in 1963. As a baby Ali was adopted into the Eckermann family.  After failed attempts she was assisted by Link Up to find her mother Audrey, and four years later her son Jonnie. Her journey was supported by many members of the Stolen Generations.  She regularly visits her traditional family in rural and remote South Australia; to learn and to heal. Ali...

Nathan Lygon

Yuin and Monaroo man Nathan Lygon is a key part of the Giiyong Festival. Nathan is a performer - dance, song, didgeridoo. Nathan is one of the founding members of the Duurunu Miru Dance Group from Eden.  ...

Dallas Woods

A young Noongar man raised in the E.K. [Wyndham – East Kimberley] Dallas is a quintessential underdog who dropped out of school at age 14; he was raised without a father figure and ran AMOK headed straight for the justice system. Luckily for him in 2007 the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects came through town at a formative moment and spotted this wayward kid’s talent and cheeky knack for word play. Dallas would pop up in...