Blekbala Mujik

Blekbala Mujik’s music takes ancient knowledge and tradition and reinterprets it for the modern world. Mixing traditional song and instruments with synthesizers and modern production, Blekbala Mujik carries a message of reconciliation and shared dreams.

Formed in 1986 and led by Peter Miller (Apaak Jupurrula), Blekbala Mujik is one of the most successful bands to emerge from the Top End of Australia.

Hailing from Burunga (Gulin-Gulin) in Arnhem Land, the band is cited in World Music: The Rough Guide as being next best known to Yothu Yindi. Blekbala found international acclaim with the release of its first full-length self-titled release, touring extensively overseas whist still maintaining a loyal and strong fan base throughout remote Central and Top End Australia.

Career highlights include:

  • ARIA nomination for ‘Blekbala Mujik’
  • Playing to 20,000 people at WOMAD in the Canary Islands
  • Triple J ‘Live at the Wireless’ broadcast
  • 1996 Deadly Sounds Album of the Year

BEAT MAGAZINE (California) ‘…another indigenous Australian group has risen to the challenge of the old white rock tradition…we feel like we are under the stars with them, dancing with painted faces …musically dynamic, unique, highly danceable music which reflects their exciting live performances.’

Blekbala Mujik

Blekbala Mujik

Blekbala Mujik’s music takes ancient knowledge and tradition and reinterprets it for the modern world. Mixing traditional song and instruments with synthesizers and modern production, Blekbala Mujik carries a message of reconciliation and shared dreams.
Formed in 1986 and led by Peter Miller (Apaak Jupurrula), Blekbala Mujik is one of the most successful bands to emerge from the Top End of Australia.
Hailing from Burunga (Gulin-Gulin) in Arnhem Land, the band is cited in World Music: The Rough Guide as being next best known to Yothu Yindi. Blekbala found international acclaim with the release of its first full-length self-titled release, touring extensively overseas whist still maintaining a loyal and strong fan base throughout remote Central and Top End Australia.
Career highlights include:
  • ARIA nomination for ‘Blekbala Mujik’
  • Playing to 20,000 people at WOMAD in the Canary Islands
  • Triple J ‘Live at the Wireless’ broadcast
  • 1996 Deadly Sounds Album of the Year
BEAT MAGAZINE (California) ‘…another indigenous Australian group has risen to the challenge of the old white rock tradition…we feel like we are under the stars with them, dancing with painted faces …musically dynamic, unique, highly danceable music which reflects their exciting live performances.’

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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