A.B. Original

Headlining NaranaFest are two of Australia’s most critically acclaimed Hip Hop Artists who have unveiled a powerful new project. A.B. Original, a collaboration between NIMA winning rapper Briggs and multi Aria Award winning producer Trials (Seth Sentry, Funkoars, Illy, Hilltop Hoods).

Their much anticipated, politically charged new album ‘Reclaim Australia’ is due to drop later this year, with high rotation Triple J tracks - ‘2 Black 2 Strong’ and ‘January 26’ (Feat. Dan Sultan) already receiving high praise.

Together as A.B. Original, the rap power couple have locked in their first run of live shows and recorded a full-length album, due later this year via Hilltop Hoods' label Golden Era Records and Briggs' own Bad Apples Music.

Early previews of A.B. Original's album ‘Reclaim Australia’, the first is '2 Black 2 Strong', which was premiered on triple j  (and needs a BIG language warning if you're easily offended) was met with a huge response. The seeds for A.B. Original were planted last year at triple j's Beat The Drum 40th anniversary concert, where the two artists joined forces for a special collaborative set (including their powerful Gurrumul link-up 'The Hunt'). 

After that, A.B. Original began penning songs in the spirit of classic American West Coast hip hop crew N.W.A. and Ice Cube spin-off Westside Connection: outspoken, uncompromising rhymes with trunk rattling production delivering socially conscious messages.

Just as that '90s rap spoke to the issues of its L.A. environment, Briggs and Trials - hailing respectively from the Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri tribes - give voice to the issues they face as Indigenous artists in modern day Australia.

They had a lot to say, and pumped out a whole album's worth of original material. They're not alone either. The record's got a few feature spots, including Sietta vocalist Caiti Baker (on 'Dead In A Minute') and triple j hip hop expert/House of Beige MC Hau (on 'Firing Squad') and Dan Sultan (on ‘January 26’)

On the touring front, A.B. Original joined The Hilltop Hoods on their huge national Restrung Tour in June & with their album ‘Reclaim Australia’ ready to drop any day now.

 
 
 
2BLACK 2STRONG

2BLACK
2STRONG

Dead In A Minute Ft Caiti Baker

Dead In A Minute
Ft Caiti Baker

Firing Squad Ft Hau

Firing Squad
Ft Hau

January 26 Ft Dan Sultan

January 26
Ft Dan Sultan

 

Gawurra

Up-and-coming Indigenous singer-songwriter Stanley 'Gawurra' Gaykamangu recently moved to Melbourne far from his homelands of Gove Peninsula country and his Grandmother’s land of Yathalamara, and Milingimbi Island. 

Culture, songlines, stories and history are deeply embedded in Gawurra’s resonant voice and soulful blend of of traditional and  and contemporary songs.

Gawurra is a gentle and genuine young leader. He is to be an Elder in his community; the Old people gave him this knowledge and power. It is important for him to teach his kids, brothers and sisters the ‘right way’. Gawurra is passionate about keeping his Gupapungu language strong

Gawurra’s debut album Ratja Yaliyali  Winner of 4 NIMA awards in 2016 including Album Of The Year As well as  high accolades of Rolling Stone achieved a four-and-a-half star review, leaving the singer close to tears at the praise.

"I felt like crying, my heart, you know, because it's getting big in the future time and I don't know where I'm going, but I'm doing this not only for me, but for us, black and white Australia. I'm not here for my family, I'm here for you, for me, for everyone to do this." Gawurra said.

Having grown up in the remote community of Milingimbi in the Top End, Gawurra sings about his life in Arnhem Land in his own language of Gupapuyngu. His lyricism points to the spirit and nature of his island home.

"When we sing, especially my language, we sing from the heart and tell stories through the music. It doesn't matter if people don't understand but you can listen, you can feel the spirit." Gawurra said.

As a Yolngu artist from North East Arnhem Land, comparisons to multi-Aria awards winning and fellow musician Gurrumul are inevitable, and there are high hopes he too will appeal to a broad audience. Like many performers, he had to travel far from his home in order to build his career, heading first to Alice Springs and then on to Melbourne.

Gawurra’s journey to NaranaFest has been years in the making.

 
 

Leah Flanagan

Long time Narana favourite Songwriter, singer and sometime saltwater ukulele whisperer, Leah Flanagan draws deep from a fascinating historical, geographical and cultural mix of Aboriginal, Irish and Venetian.

Her incredible journey as an artist is woven with star-studded collaboration with the likes of John Cale, Sinead O’Connor, poet Sam Wagan Watson and France's Orchestre National de Jazz; a stint in the acclaimed Black Arm Band and duetting with Paul Kelly and Marlon Williams.

The culmination of two years' work, her latest record ‘Saudades’ is a suite of songs that capture a full repertoire of the emotions that we carry into our relationships, romantic and otherwise.

Leah’s new album ‘Saudades’ is released 16th September 2016 and was recorded live in the studio with Leah's band and music director/producer Niall Anderson. Majority of the album was made at the studio of Midnight Oil's Jim Moginie in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, then mixed by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Augie March).

Leah's smokey voice is given full flight with her intuitive backing band driven by the empathic guitar prowess of Adam Pringle, with support from Evan Mannell and Tim Curnick, all legends of the Sydney music scene.

Leah and her band are sure to be on song in the surrounds of the Boomerang Stage.

 
 

Yirrmal

Yirrmal

New generation Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal, from North-East Arnhem Land, is making an exciting entrance into the music scene. Inspired by heroes Yothu Yindi, Yirrmal is refreshing singer songwriter, fusing tradition and contemporary with class and passion. Performing as a solo artist, and with group Yirrmal & The Yolngu Boys.