Emily Wurramara, Monique Brumby, Ling Marra. Music on the Hill (MOTH) International Women’s Day Show, Friday 6 March. Red Hill Pavilion. Doors 6.30 pm.
Born and raised on Groote Eylandt and now resident in Brisbane, Emily Wurramara is a highly rated indigenous singer-songwriter whose music tells the story of her childhood and her aboriginal culture.
In 2016 Emily released her debut EP Black Smoke, containing stories from her heart and childhood sung in both English and her traditional language Anindilyakwa, the EP stunned listeners across the country and saw Emily tour nationally and internationally.
Black Smoke amassed over 1 million Spotify streams, 54K YouTube views, rotation on JJJ and ABC Local x 2, 10 weeks in the AMRAP charts, a Queensland Music Award, a publishing contract with Mushroom and live showcase slots everywhere from BIGSOUND as a Triple J Unearthed feature artist to Folk Alliance International in the USA and Canada.
In 2018 she released her debut album ‘Milyakburra’ which was produced by Davidb Bridie.
The 11 track album was nominated for a 2018 ARIA Award for Best Blues And Roots Album and FOUR 2019 Queensland Music Award Nominations. Emily took out the Best Blues And Roots Album of the Year at the 2019 AIR Awards.
In her own words: “I grew up in two different worlds with two different perspectives of life but I’ve always had a strong love for protecting my land and inspiring and empowering my people through the preservation and protection of our culture, which is why I sing in my language.” Milyakburra is the community on Bickerton Island, a smaller island off Groote where Emily would visit her Grandparents on the weekends and hear dreaming stories.
Emily will play with her band at Music on the Hill (MOTH) International Women’s day Show this Friday 6th. Also on the bill will be Tasmanian singer songwriter Monique Brumby and local a capella group Ling Marra.