Way back in July NAIDOC Week finished for another year, but only recently announced are the winners in an awards initiative that forms part of that nationwide event. These are the WA NAIDOC Music Awards, which recognise the contribution of outstanding Indigenous singers, songwriters and musicians in Western Australia. Nominations closed on 20 August and awards night was held on 9 September at Fremantle’s terrific new events venue, Freo.Social.
The WA Government has supported the WA NAIDOC Music Awards for this and next year to the tune of $50,000 from its Contemporary Music Fund, and the nine prizes offered acknowledge both established and emerging artists. Perth hip-hop artist Josh ‘Flewnt’ Eggington won Best Song and Best Hip Hop Song for ‘Black Boy’, while country singer John Bennett received Best Album award for ‘Country is Calling’. Natasha Eldridge was adjudged Best Female Artist and Jamahl Ryder Best Male Artist. Other winners were Indigo Ellis, Bradley Hall and Taleisha Slater in the categories of best vocalist, band/group, emerging artist and undiscovered artist.
Music Australia congratulates them all. Find all the details here.
Three of the winners gave live performances on the night – Flewnt, Natasha Eldridge and Indigo Ellis – along with Kalgoorlie soul and rap artist MissGenius, Cameron Wilkes, The Struggling Kings and Phil Walley-Stack, who also emceed the event.