31 MAY 2020
Rrawun Maymuru, Yolngu songman from Yirrkala. Photo Murray Hilton.
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and First Nations Media Australia are thrilled to unveil First Sounds Vol.2, featuring new and emerging First Nations artists from around Australia. In the second instalment of this innovative series of releases, the organisations have teamed up their Amrap and indigiTUBE initiatives to deliver more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music to Australian community radio.

Featuring 12 chosen artists from Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth to the Torres Strait Islands, Yuendumu to Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land, First Sounds Vol.2 is a sonic buffet of First Nations music ranging from traditional to modern hip hop, alternative roots, acoustic and contemporary pop. This compilation represents First Peoples contributions to the musical landscape spanning 65,000 years to now.

Respected singer-songwriter Shellie Morris formed part of the selection panel for First Sounds Vol.2:

"What an amazing initiative supporting First Nations Artists, and a great way to share our songs and music across this country. It is so important to have this opportunity for our First Nations Artists; this creates opportunities and builds a better nationwide perspective on our stories and culture. CBAA, Amrap and indigiTUBE collaborating together will enable so many artists to get their songs out there to be heard and appreciated by so many."

First Sounds Vol.1 was distributed to over 200 community radio stations on CD with broadcasters eager to present awesome new First Nations music to devoted audiences. The same will happen again for Vol.2, and broadcasters can find all First Sounds tracks on Amrap. All First Nations music submitted to First Sounds will be made accessible to community radio via the Amrap and indigiTUBE platforms.

Nyapillilingu; Spirit Lady is the opening track on First Sounds Vol.2, fusing traditional song of ancient heritage with electronic and classical sound worlds. Rrawun Maymuru comes from a long line of Yolngu songmen from Yirrkala, a remote community in North East Arnhem Land:

"I’m very proud to be a part of this album. It helps communicate our culture especially about the clans from my father's and grandfather's side. It was very good to work with Nick Wales who understands the spirit of this song”.

The full tracklist for First Sounds Vol.2 is below. Tune into your local community radio station to hear these exciting new sounds and visit to listen up and check out further information about the acts featured.

The call-out for Volume 3 is now open until 30 June. Head to to enter.


Nyapillilingu; Spirit Lady - Rrawen Maymuru
Lion in My Heart - Aimee Hannan
Free - David Spry
Blak Woman - Maurial Spearim
Yerrabi – Murringadi
Go All Out ft Stevie Leigh - Jamahl Ryder
Older Then - Luke Daniel Peacock
For Your Love - Nancy Bates
Unlock The System - J-MILLA
Arrived ft. Marus Corowa - Mau Power
Breathe - Maylene
Pama Yampiya - Desert Mulga Band

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


Media Contacts:

CBAA: Andrew Khedoori
Manager CBAA’s Amrap
T: (02) 9318 9608

indigiTUBE: Jaja Dare,
Project Manager
T: 0431 629 953
2/70 Elder St,
PO Box 2731 Alice Springs NT 0871
08 8952 6465 |

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