• The organisers of the National Indigenous Music Awards [NIMAs] are thrilled to announce multi-award winning artist Gurrumul will join this year’s line-up and will premiere three songs from his highly anticipated forthcoming The Gospel Album. The inspiration for this 12-song long player was a dedication to Gurrumul’s mother and aunts, who brought Gurrumul up with songs and lullabies from the church at Elcho Island. As a small boy Gurrumul was not only influenced by the traditional music of his clan but by the gospel music he heard every Sunday at the local Methodist church. The Gospel Album is a re-imagining of the spiritual songs that came to North East Arnhem Land via Christian missionaries.

    “Gurrumul’s already humbugging me about booking his flight. He always feels at home when performing in Darwin; there’s family there, so premiering songs from the new Gospel album at the NIMAs will be the best start to the national tour. He’s really looking forward to it,” says collaborator Michael Hohnen.

    Gurrumul’s live performance will no doubt imbue the night with a profound sense of emotion that will once again, leave his audience uplifted. To ignite the dancing spirit the highly anticipated live one-hour performance of The Genesis Project by East Journey feat. Yothu Yindi will carry the crowd well into the night. Also on the bill is one of this country’s favourite Uncles the inimitable Frank Yamma, NT local favorites from the Tiwi Islands B2M and The Painted Ladies featuring The Medics.

    The NIMAs are recognized nationally as the pre-eminent awards for Indigenous music. This prestigious awards ceremony and concert has grown into a popular night out for all the family. To ensure remote communities don’t miss out NIMA organisers have aligned with Outback Stores and the Arnhem Land Progress Association [ALPA] who have positioned ticket outlets in over 35 remote NT community stores so families from all over the Territory can ensure a spot on the grass. Accompanied by a special promotion for one lucky family from a remote community to win a VIP NIMA experience is up for grabs; for more info/enter go to NIMA Facebook page

    For Gurrumul’s tour and ticketing information please visit www.chuggentertainment.com

    Gurrumul The Gospel Album released 31st July on Skinnyfish Music/MGM.

    Tickets for the NIMAs, on July 25, are on sale now – www.musicnt.com.au/national-indigenous-music-awards/ticketing