Countdown to music’s night of nights

With just days to Indigenous music’s night of nights, organisers are cheekily promising that it will deliver a Treaty.

The National Indigenous Music Awards will rock Darwin this coming Saturday night (August 6) when this year’s winners in categories, from Artist of the Year to Album of the Year, will be announced.

The night will also deliver exclusive performances by two dance troupes.

Critically-acclaimed dance group Djuki Mala, the Chooky Dancers, will perform a special dance choreographed for the Yothu Yindi anthem Treaty.

The Rirratjingu Clan from North-East Arnhem Land will also be on stage with one of the biggest group of dancers in years for a traditional Bunggul in honour of Roy Marika, a father of land rights.

Meanwhile two streets artists — whose identities remain a closely-guarded secret — are set to create a giant mural live on the night.

Several thousand people are expected at the Darwin Ampitheatre for the event which will include performances by musicians including Kahl Wallis, Stanley “Gawurra” Gaykamangu and AB Original.

The awards will be broadcast live via the Community Radio Network.

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