The twelfth National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are going ahead as planned this year on 8 August, but with the one major difference – this key industry event is shifting online. Traditionally held in Darwin’s Amphitheatre during the Darwin Festival’s opening weekend, the MINAs will this time be broadcast live from Larrakia Country. It will be viewable on multiple of broadcasting and social media platforms, including National Indigenous Television, National Indigenous Radio Service, Double J, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
The 2020 finalists have been announced. Baker Boy is nominated in no less than three categories, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Film Clip of the Year. Both the latter are for his rap song ‘Meditjin’, which was brilliantly filmed in the National Gallery of Victoria. In Yolngu Matha language and English, and featuring rapper Jess B and six barefoot dancers, it can be seen here.
Also thrice nominated is Miiesha, a young electronic and pop artist from the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central Queensland. She is in the running for New Talent of the Year, Album of the Year for Nyaaringu, and Film Clip of the Year for ‘Drowning’. Miiesha is an artist of wide appeal: see her work here.
Other finalists this year are Jessica Mauboy, Mau Power, Thelma Plum and Archie Roach – the latter for his album Tell Me Why, which forms a counterpart to his powerful memoir of the same title.
Live feeds of numerous First Nation artists performing from around Australia will make this a special NIMA awards night. To be hosted by entertainment luminaries Elaine Crombie and Steven Oliver, it can also be attended as a live screening party at Deckchair Cinema; this is free but reservations are necessary.
Elsewhere in the Darwin Festival, many physical events are taking place, except that venue capacities will be limited and patrons are being asked to exercise COVID-safe principles. The festival runs 6-16 August, and full details can be found here.