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BLACK ROCK BAND RELEASE tHEIR SECOND ALBUM IDENTITY
Wantok Musik proud to release the new album from Black Rock Band, Identity.
The group from remote West Arnhem Land use music to celebrate their connection to Country, their fight for social justice, and the future they want to see for the next generation. Featuring the previously released singles 'Red Black & Yellow' and 'If It Was Me', this dynamic album is a true celebration of culture and storytelling.
"This album is a reflection for us all to think about and maintain our culture and our language. We created the album to encourage First Nations people across Australia and around the world to stick together. This is building a bridge between the two different worlds we live in" - Richie Guymala, Black Rock Band
Identity is available now in stores, on streaming services, and on Bandcamp
Tjukurpa the story nominated for an 2020 aria AWARD
Wantok Musik is proud to announce that Frank Yamma has received a 2020 ARIA Award nomination in the Best Blues & Roots Album category, for his most recent release Tjukurpa: The Story.
We are very proud to have released this special record earlier this year, comprised of a selection of Frank's work from his vast back catalogue alongside new material and remixes.
Tjukurpa: The Story and The Kulila Project are available now in stores, on Bandcamp and streaming across all digital platforms.
The ARIA Award ceremony will be broadcast on Wednesday the 25th of November.
NI-Vanuatu Artist Tio releases Debut album Sorousian
Wantok Musik is proud to announce the release of Tio's album Sorousian. The album is the first studio length release from the talented multi-instrumentalist whose self-titled debut EP was critically acclaimed in his home country of Vanuatu, in Australia and internationally.
The title, Sorousian, loosely translates to “story” and combines the many facets of Tio’s musical identity and history. Across the album, Tio effortlessly blends his traditional music customs and sounds with modern instrumentation and production to paint a story of his experiences; from living in his home island of Ambrym, Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, and in Melbourne, Australia.
Sorousian is a multi-faceted album exploring the dichotomies in Tio’s life; tradition and modernity, urban and island life; Ni-Vanuatu cultures and Australian life. The variation can be seen in the two singles that have already been released; ‘Mumbwe’ is a modern interpretation of a song used in the Rom custom dance sung in a language so old that the direct translation has been lost. ‘Black Butterfly’ however is a contemporary original which he wrote about city life and Tio’s belief that people need to live and work more truthfully; asking the audience to rethink their lifestyle’s relationship with nature.
The album was produced by Wantok Musik’s Creative Director David Bridie with Andrew Robinson and shares the way Tios’s musical traditions shift and combine with new styles to create rich sonic narratives.