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Halls Creek Kids Win At Indigenous Music Awards

Image Credit: Save the Water YouTube
Jasmine Crittenden
| August 14, 2017

At the 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards, held in Darwin on Saturday 12 August, the prize for Community Music Clip of the Year went to Halls Creek Indigenous Hip Hop Project for ‘Save the Water (Ngaba)‘.

The Halls Creek community created and recorded the song and video during the 2017 Easter school holidays, in collaboration with four artists from the Indigenous Hip Hop Project, namely Kamahi Djordon King, Jerome Farah, Tim Hillier and Syd Row. Halls Creek is a remote, 1,200-person town in the East Kimberley, Western Australia, with one of the highest rates of water usage per capita in the state.

‘Save the Water’ urges listeners to reduce water wastage, by turning off taps and hoses when not in use, keeping showers to the length of an average pop song, reporting leaks and, on hot days, swimming in rivers and creeks. The song features several school students rapping, singing and dancing in scenic areas around Halls Creek. The project was made possible with the support of the Water Corporation and the Shire of Halls Creek.

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects is a collective of artists which, since 2004, has been running creative projects with Indigenous communities, particularly youth, around Australia. Usually, a team travels to a remote location for a week-long intensive to create a song, dance, short story, documentary or similar.

Other finalists in the Community Music Clip of the Year category were ‘Logan City’ from Logan, ‘Choose Water’ from Ngukurr and ‘With Knowledge Comes New Friends’ from Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands.

Meanwhile, Troy Cassar-Daley won the National Indigenous Music Award for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Things I Carry Around, and A.B. Original won Song of the Year and Film Clip of the Year for ‘January 26’, which features Dan Sultan. New Talent of the Year went to Electric Fields.

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