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Review of Identity


Black Rock Band

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★

Hailing from the mining-tourist town of Jabiru, within the Northern Territory’s incredible Kakadu National Park, Black Rock Band follow up...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Aloha Radio Hawaii

Aloha Radio Hawaii


Rhymoi Music

Rating: ★★★

A Chinese label recording vintage Hawaiian music in an ultra-modern California studio, with mostly non-native musicians? Go figure. But despite...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Rangatira


Riki Gooch

NOA Records

Rating: ★★★★

A collaboration that pairs various traditional Maori instruments (ngā taonga pūoro) with percussion, Rangatira brings together two respected New Zealand...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Marni: Music for Slow Television

Marni: Music for Slow Television

David Bridie

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★★

This is the soundtrack to a fascinating two-and-a-half hour observational documentary that chronicles the painting of a large intricate work,...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Nyaaringu



EMI Australia

Rating: ★★★

The well-deserved winner of Best New Talent at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards, 21-year-old Miiesha Young’s career is on...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Beats Vol 2

Beats Vol 2

Te Vaka

Spirit of Play

Rating: ★★★

With over 20 years’ experience of recording and performing both traditional and contemporary Pacific music, Te Vaka have always been...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Sorousian



Top of the World

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★★★

With little contemporary music from Vanuatu available internationally, this debut from singer-songwriter Tio Bang is a most welcome release. A...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why

Archie Roach


Rating: ★★★★

Widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s most celebrated indigenous singer-songwriters, Archie Roach’s long career is slowly drawing to a close....

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Shane Howard

Goanna Aits

Rating: ★★★★

Ever since 1982, when Australia’s I Goanna band gifted I radio stations their enduring Top 10 hit ‘Solid Rock’, the...

Reviewed in issue October/2020

Review of Red Desert Man

Red Desert Man

Dave Arden

Headstone Recoids

Rating: ★★★

Indigenous singer-songwriter Dave Arden is a gifted Kokatha-Gunditjmara guitarist, storyteller and contemporary songman. Previously best known as a collaborator and...

Reviewed in issue October/2020

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