Finalists Announced for NIMA Awards - MusicNSW

The 2012 National Indigenous Music Awards are fast approaching, with the finalists being announced this week in preparation for the award ceremony on August 11 at the Gardens Amphitheatre in Darwin.

The Indigenous Music Awards recognise some of the best talent in the Indigenous music scene, and this year nominations have flown in for acts Troy Cassar-Daley, Jessica Mauboy and The Black Arm Band, all now finalists in the Artist of the Year category.

Folk act Busby Marou has been nominated for Album of the Year as well as The Medic’s for their debut album Foundations. For a full list of nominated artists see below.

“It was fantastic to receive so many artist nominations from around the country. The judges had such an amazing pool of talent to work with and it was a really hard process whittling them down to these finalists. We’re really looking forward to the awards concert and ceremony on August 11, when many of the finalists will perform,” says Mark Smith, MusicNT General Manager.

The award ceremony will also feature live performances from acts such as Troy Cassar-Daley, Warren H Williams and The Warumungu Songmen, The Medics with Bunna Lawrie, Yabu Band, East Journey, Sunrize Band, Lajamanu Teenage Band and triple j Unearthed winner Thelma Plum.

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NATIONAL Artist of the Year

  • The Black Arm Band
  •  Gurrumul Yunupingu
  •  Jessica Mauboy
  • Busby Marou
  • Troy Cassar-Daley

NATIONAL Album of the Year 

  • Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu – Together We Are Strong – Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen
  • Winanjjara – Warren H Williams and the Warumungu Songmen
  • Foundations – The Medics
  • Busby Marou – Busby Marou
  • Home – Troy Cassar-Daley

NATIONAL New Talent of the Year 

  •  The Medics
  •  Impossible Odds
  • Dewayne Everettsmith

NATIONAL Song of Year

  •  ‘I Still Don’t Believe’ – Busby Marou
  • ‘Song of Arnhem Land’ – East Journey
  • ‘Griffin’ – The Medics
  • ‘Everything’ – Impossible Odds
  • ‘Are We There Yet’ – The Last Kinection
  •  ‘It’s Like Love’ – Dewayne Everettsmith
  • ‘Bayini’-Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (with Sarah Blasko)
  • ‘Wangkaja’ – John Bennett

NT Film clip of the Year 

NT – G.R. Burarrawanga Memorial Award for significant achievement in the NT music industry

  • East Journey
  • Catherine Satour
  • Tjupi Band