Black Rock Band are rising stars out of remote West Arnhem Land from the Northern Territory, producing a unique rock fusion of traditional and contemporary music. They are in Victoria for shows supporting The Teskey Brothers and are making a special headline appearance at The Bridge Hotel.
Weaving their language, Kunwinjku and English, these talented musicians celebrate their connection to country, their fight for social justice and speak about their future and the future they want to see for the next generation of children.
“Most of our songs speak about people I see in my family, with my own eyes. I see them having hard times and it’s good for someone to speak about it – give my community a voice when they can never speak it out. Give them a voice to say “enough is enough”.” - Richie Guymala (lead singer)
Their captivating on-stage presence has won over audiences, picking up the prize for the Best Community Band at Barunga Festival and playing to a sold-out show in Melbourne’s Spiegel Tent alongside emerging Arnhem superstar Yirrmal (Yirrkala) and The Mae Trio.
The Black Rock Band speak of their families cultural richness as well as the social and political issues that recollect their experiences as First Nations peoples.
“The music that I sing about, I think of it as a message and a reminder for people, what’s happening in the real world. Not only about the rich and famous, it’s about the poor too.” (Guymala)
Their snappy debut single ‘Bininj Kunborrk’ (translating to traditional song and dance) has already garnered some attention with its inclusion on the Bush Bands 2017 compilation, featured on triple J Unearthed, at the Barunga Festival and on Byron Bay’s BAY FM.
The growing buzz about this out t is evident with upcoming performances at MONA FOMA Festival, TAS and the Nannup Music Festival, WA.
Special guest TBA
Tickets onsale now: https://bit.ly/2WOqKG1