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Recorded over 5 years, Blekbala Mujik’s self-titled album was described by Bruce Elder in 1995 (Sydney Morning Herald) as ‘…the most artistically successful and commercial recording released by CAAMA Music.’ The success of the album propelled the band onto the WOMAD stage in Spain, a tour of Europe and the USA and into the mainstream Australian Music Scene. Reminiscent of Yothu Yindi’s electrified sounds and infectious grooves (both bands share Ian Faith as producer), Blekbala Mujik’s debut also hints of the Desert Reggae scene, which was yet to come to the forefront of the Central Australian Music. From the catchy and exuberant ‘Drangkinbala’, with it’s Caribbean Reggae feel to the surprising mix of traditional singing and synthesizers on ‘Come-n-Dance’ this is a eclectic and exciting album, which still sounds fresh nearly 20 years on. Seth Jordan wrote in Rolling Stone (May 1995) ‘the Blekbala boys maintain enough of a roots sound to stay authentic, while at the same time employing enough technology to entice more sophisticated urban ears.’ Blekbala Mujik’s debut album is musical representation of the mixing of Western and Indigenous culture. Find more music from Blekbala Mujik here
One of the most influential Aboriginal rock bands in Australia delivering a strong message of reconciliation. In the 1990s Blekbala Mujik brought their message of reconciliation to Australian audiences 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. Five songs on this new album (to be released Sept 14) 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. Find more music from Blekbala Mujik here