NAIDOC Week is upon us…
Every July, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
CASSETTE exists to support Australian music. We recognise our First Nation People as the backbone and the heartbeat of Australian culture and history, and we think they are worth celebrating everyday.
In the lead up to NAIDOC week, we are shining a spotlight on some of our favourite Indigenous artists and we will continue to do so throughout the year. To kick things off, let’s delve into the sounds of Kardajala Kirridarra. Not new to the scene, but their music is simply amazing and should be known by everyone in Australia. Incredibly emotional and moving. Sure to give anyone who listens goosebumps. They released their debut self-title album in July 2017.
Kardajala Kirridarra translates to ‘Sandhill Women.’ Kardajala is the name of the mysterious bush woman from the sandhills behind the community of Malinja, NT.
From their inception until now, Kardajala Kirridarra has won the NT Song of the Year award, played at Golden Plains Festival, Wide Open Spaces, Barunga Festival and were the first all female band to appear at Bush Bands Bash in 2016.
The descendants of a mysterious bush woman from the Northern Territory, these compelling women are from the communities of Marlinja and Kulumindini (Elliott) and together with Melbourne based producer Beatrice they form Kardajala Kirridarra.
With the July 7th (2018) release of their debut self-titled album featuring new single Ngabaju (Grandmother’s Song), Kardajala Kirridarra meld the contemporary with the traditional. Sung in both Mudburra and English, together they tell the story of the connection between Aboriginal women and country as a reminder about the importance of women as creators.
Some favourites below, but the entire album should hear listen to in full.Follow them here: SoundCloud | Instagram | Facebook | Website
If you are interested in understanding more about the meaning and messages conveyed in their music, jump over to this article by Emily Nicol on SBS.