National Indigenous Music Awards

National Indigenous Music Awards

When we talk about Australian music circuit, we talk about the modern bands and musicians hailing from the heaven down under and making headlines worldwide by their hit singles and albums. Many musicians like Kylie Minogue, Sia, Nick Cave, Iggy Azalea, Gotye, Rick Springfield, Jimmy Barns, et cetera and bands like AC/DC, Midnight Oil, INXS, Jet, Wolfmother, Bee Gees, The Living End, et cetera have carved a niche for themselves across the globe and have given Australian music a recognition across the world, but there is another face of Australian music too, the Indigenous music.

The music of the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginal Australians is collectively known as the Australian Indigenous Music. The Australian Indigenous music comprises of the traditional music style along with contemporary and European fusion. The traditional music of Australia incorporates the use of traditional instruments like Didgeridoo and Clapsticks and the traditional music forms include Bunggul, Kun-borrk, Wangga and Clan songs and songlines.

For Australians, the Indigenous music is a vital part of the Indigenous Australian culture and hence, they want to preserve it by all means. In order to do so, they organize the National Indigenous Music Awards every year. This award gives the Indigenous Australian music, its well- deserved recognition.

Where :

The National Indigenous Music Awards are held at Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. The whole night comes alive at the Gardens Amphitheatre in Darwin.

When :

The award ceremony is held every year in the month of May.

History :

The first ever time when the National Indigenous Music Awards were held, dated back in the year 2004. The awards were held at the Darwin Festival Club on 28th of August 2004.

The National Indigenous Music Awards celebrate the native Indigenous music like no other awards or ceremonies. The musicians that have earned accolades at the international music circuit are honored along with the musicians that have popularized the Indigenous music years back.

The audience gets a chance to enjoy the traditional Indigenous music throughout the evening. Live performances by the most talented artists keep every single person entertained. Awards are presented to the most talented artists of Australia. The awards are given under categories like Male Musician Of The Year, Female Musician Of The Year,  Band Of The Year, People’s Choice Award, Best Emerging Band Award, Traditional Music Award, New and Emerging Act and many more. People who have given an Outstanding Contribution In Music Industry are also awarded along with the Hall Of Fame.

The guests are also served food and drinks. The event does not support serving alcohol. Limited numbers of seats are provided by the organizers. It takes no time for all the seats to get booked.

In the year 2016, the National Indigenous Music Awards are scheduled to take place 25th of July at the Gardens Amphitheatre. The gates of the venue will open at 6 am and the event will kickstart at 7 pm.  So, book your seats as soon as possible and enjoy the traditional Indigenous music with your whole heart, to its content.

Also see for further reading on more awesome upcoming celebrations of Aboriginal festivals, cultural and artistic events

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Garma Festival 

Desert Mob

Melbourne Indigenous Art Festival


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