Congratulations to Blekbala Mujik for being inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame last weekend in Darwin! This year marks their 30th anniversary and the award recognised their significant, long-term contribution to the national music industry.
Blekbala Mujik are one of the most influential of Australia’s Aboriginal rock bands, who in the 1990’s brought their message of reconciliation to an Australian audience who were only just beginning to take an interest in Aboriginal culture and art. Their live shows incorporated the modern as well as the traditional, with the latest pyro-technics accompanying ancient dance and dreamtime storytelling. Blekbala Mujik toured internationally, taking Aboriginal culture and language to another audience where ‘world’ music was still a new concept.
With the release of their first full length album in 1996, Blekbala Mujik really burst onto the Australian and international scene, with an east coast tour that saw them performing to over 10,000 people between Sydney and Brisbane. They also performed alongside Warumpi Band and Yothu Yindi at the highly politicised Land Rights concerts held in the Northern Territory that year. Their self-titled album won the Deadly Sounds Album of the Year Award and they were also finalists for the ARIA Awards. During the 90’s they supported many international stars including Van Morrison, Tina Turner, UB40 and Ziggy Marley and the Wailers.
Blekbala Mujik’s latest album is their ‘Greatest Hits Live’, released by CAAMA Music last year. Five songs on this new album were recorded at the Barunga Festival of 1995, where they performed to over six thousand people who demanded six encores. The rest of this album was recorded during a six-week concert tour of the Northern Territory in 2012. The combination of current concert recordings and others from the height of their career shows the longevity of this influential band, who are still making music and performing long after their contemporaries.
To read more about Blekbala Mujik read this press release.