Sand Tracks 2017 Voting
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Thank you so much to everyone who voted this year. We’re currently confirming the votes, and will have an announcement to make soon. You can still read about all the bands in this year’s competition below.
Bunna Lawrie and Coloured Stone
Coloured Stone was formed in 1977 by Bunna Lawrie, lead singer and songwriter, combining rock, ska, reggae with a unique Aboriginal sound incorporating traditional instruments such as clap sticks, didgeridoo, bundawuthada (gong stone) and traditional language. Every performance from Bunna and Coloured Stone is full of Aboriginal culture and meaning. Bunna and Coloured Stone have performed and toured with many famous Australian and International artists including Midnight Oil, Leo Sayer, Jimmy Little, Paul Kelly, Shane Howard, No Fixed Address, Yothu Yindi, Roger Knox, Jack Thompson, and the Medics. Bunna is understandably proud of his contribution to Australia’s wealth of indigenous talent.
Bunna Lawrie has received many awards; An Aria for Coloured Stone’s Island of Greed, The National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame, 2012 National NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011 National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame, 2000 Don Banks Music Award for Composers, 1999 Deadly Vibe Awards for Outstanding Achievement and many more. It was Bunna’s drive for his totem the Whale, that became the subject of the film ‘The Whaledreamers’, winner of 8 documentary awards, directed by Julian Lennon.
Lonley Boys are from the remote Arnhemland community of Ngukurr, 700km south east of Darwin. They are a six-piece guitar inspired punk rock band who have been playing in local and surrounding communities for more than 10 years.
In 2006 Lonely Boys won the Barunga Battle of the bands competition, this was no easy task given the quality of the other performers at that year’s festival. They have since gone on to win many contests – with achievements including headlining the 2015 Barunga Festival and winning the Best Rock Song for NT Song of the Year 2016. The band’s commitment to performing and their high level of performance skill has been an inspiration to other bands in the community.
They have performed extensively across Arnhemland to thousand of adoring fans at Indigenous community festivals and their dedication to music has allowed key band members Ambrose Daniels and Bert Rami to help disaffected younger members of the community. Both Ambrose and Bert have been responsible for steering a dysfunctional group of young boys towards music – and they have now formed their own band the Bad Tee Boys.
2016-17 has been a big year for Lonely Boys, having released three singles, and they hope to make it even bigger if they get the chance to headline the Sand Tracks tour.
B2M (Bathurst to Melville) is a seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands. Their music is high energy, positive R‘n’B pop style with a traditional twist to it. The lyrics in their songs come from life experiences growing up in an Aboriginal community and seeing first hand the effects of drugs, alcohol and youth suicide on their own people. Educating youth through music and encouraging people to make a change in their lives is what drives B2M.
In between developing a successful format for community workshop/concert tours, B2M have delivered performances all across the Territory, and represented Australia on the international stage in China, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. It seems that no matter where they perform, everyone loves their infectious music and inspiring dance moves!
B2M were finalists for ‘Band of the Year’ at the 2012 Deadly Awards and in 2008 won Emerging Act of the Year at the NT Indigenous Music Awards. Their highly anticipated debut album “Home” was released in Feb 2015.
“B2M is one of the many contemporary faces of Indigenous Australia and are outstanding cultural ambassadors. They are proud representatives of their people and of their nation” – Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Greg Moriarty, March 2014.
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