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FIRST SOUNDS VOLUME 4:
THE NEW VOICES OF FIRST NATIONS MUSIC

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and First Nations Media Australia round off the inaugural year of their First Sounds partnership – a series compiling and distributing music from new and emerging First Nations artists – with First Sounds Volume 4.

In a particularly challenging year, First Sounds has proven a success in underrepresented aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture strengthening their voices in our media landscape. Delivered to hundreds of community radio stations and broadcasters, the First Sounds compilations have developed a platform of discovery for First Nations artists and a pathway to continue this vital work.

First Sounds Volume 4 features 12 selected artists from the Central Coast to Perth, Fitzroy Melbourne to North East Arnhem Land, and Yuendumu in the Central Desert. First Sounds Volume 4 carves the way with alt/hip-hop, R&B, new wave, 90’s nostalgic pop and indie alt rock, threaded with traditional songlines and eclectic funk reggae.

Electronic pop indie singer songwriter Tessa Thames’ unleashes her track 50K Carat on First Sounds Volume 4, and it is already making the chart rounds:

"I'm whole heartedly honoured to be even mentioned amongst the list of super talented artists on the next volume of 'First Sounds' let alone have my song be involved. Everybody brings their own unique energy to the art they create. Energy they have cultivated on their own and that of their ancestors and this comes through in so many ways and this is what I love so much about First Nations music. So much talent and still so much more to come. Ultimately I hope what I bring to the table is joy."


Singer-songwriter Alice Skye, a previous Triple J Unearthed National Indigenous winner formed part of the selection panel for First Sounds Volume 4:

“I came up through a similar project with CAAMA’s Alukura Song competition, so it was special for me to be on the other side - having the chance to listen to all the songs was a beautiful reminder that we are so diverse, deadly and driven. I can’t wait to see what sis Tessa does!”

The First Sounds series is distributed to over 250 community radio stations on CD, and to broadcasters eager to present awesome new music to devoted audiences. To date, First Sounds has featured 120 First Nations artists!

The full tracklist for First Sounds Volume 4 is below. Tune into your local community radio station to hear these exciting new sounds and visit indigiTUBE to listen up and check out further information about the acts featured.

FIRST SOUNDS VOL.4 | LISTEN HERE

01 • One Voice • Garrangali Band
02 • 50k Carat •Tessa Thames
03 • Pizza Tray • Jeffrey James Black
04 • Fire (Acoustic) • Key Hoo
05 • Talkback Radio • Rachael Lia
06 • Warlalja • Blackstorm
07 • Migraine Mentality • Balairi
08 • Employee of the Month • Magpie Swoop
09 • What you Want • Wykiirra
10 • Memories • Zero Emcee
11 • Rdaku • Yurrampi South Band
12 • Jukurrpa • DB40

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

-ENDS-


Media Contacts:


Victoria Rouse
CBAA
T: (02) 9310 2999
E: victoria.rouse@cbaa.org.au



Jaja Dare
indigiTUBE Manager
T: 0431 629 953
E: jaja@indigitube.com.au
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