Australia's Indigenous singers and musicians have a global audience
courtesy of a CD commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Listen Up: Music of Black Australia features a selection of Indigenous
singers and musicians and is being used by Australia's overseas diplomatic
missions to promote the diversity and depth of talent that exists in
Indigenous Australia and features songs and musicians from the Northern
Western Australia, South Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.
CD was produced by the Darwin independent recording company, Skinnyfish
specialises in recording, promoting and distributing contemporary and traditional
The CD also showcases performers such as the Stiff Gins, Nabarlek, the
Saltwater Band and Letterstick, and artists Kerrianne Cox, Rita Mills and
The CD is the initiative of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Program in DFAT's Images of Australia branch. The ATSI Program aims
to project a positive and accurate image internationally of Australia's
Indigenous peoples and to promote and encourage greater awareness, appreciation
and knowledge of Australia's Indigenous peoples and cultures.
The artists on the compilation represent a broad cross section Of musical
styles, and have been included to highlight the incredible depth of talent
in the Indigenous community of Australia.
The project has come about through the efforts of Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade, particularly through the effort of the Images of Australia
Branch and Skinnyfish Music.
Track Listing and music samples
Under the terms of the licence arrangements agreed between
the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Skinny Fish Music,
the CD may be used for:�
for non-commercial use to DFAT posts, and DFAT's Australian state and
territory offices for promotional use and performance associated with DFAT
and services; and
to the public including but not limited to optional use as music on
hold for DFAT and its diplomatic missions' telephone services at DFAT's
Please note that the Department's contract with Skinny Fish Music does not include
the right to provide a copy of the CD to overseas radio stations for broadcasting.