Last night the 2010 Indigenous Music Awards were kicked off with the announcement that the awards will now open nationally to all indigenous musicians.
The crowd was treated to performances by 2009 Hall of Fame inductees Tableland Drifters, Warren H Williams, Ali Mills and the Arnhem Land rock stars Saltwater Band. Joining Saltwater Band on stage to perform their new single MALK was Blue King Brown’s Natalie Pa’apa’a. However, it was Gurrumul’s surprise return to the stage to perform with his band [Saltwater Band] and accept the award for Act of the Year that had the crowd roaring in appreciation.
Garrangali collected 4 prizes including Album and Song of the Year and hosts MusicNT honoured Ali Mills with a Special Recognition Award for her significant contribution to the indigenous music industry.
In particular it was a very special [and traditionally unusual] night for young indigenous women as 11 year old Varsity Dhurrkay joined her father Manuel Dhurrkay to perform a song with Saltwater Band, whilst a group of young women from Mamadawerre known as Wildflower, were recognised for their work in winning Emerging Act of the year.
For a complete list of the winners of the 2010 Indigenous Music Awards visit www.musicnt.com.au