Mahbilil Festival 2015Bininj Band

are the ‘Backstreet Boys from Arnhem Land’. Since forming in 1999, Bininj have been performing in local communities that surround their homeland of Croker Island such as Maningrida, Gunbalyna, Warruwi and Darwin.

Bininj were a highlight at the Figjam concert in 2003 which was a concert for emerging bands. From this appearance the band began working with Skinnyfish Music who signed the band to commence recording their work. The band have also been active in music training through Charles Darwin University. In early 2009, Bininj Band took on a massive project that aimed to make music the key to positive outcomes. It saw Bininj Band delivering song-writing workshops to approximately 400 young Indigenous people in 11 remote Northern Territory communities. The Australian Red Cross has congratulated Bininj on their achievements.

The band’s dream is to take their music to audiences beyond those local community performances they have so far performed at, they want their music to be heard by all Australians, they want a broader audience to appreciate their culture and their lifestyle through their music.