are an emerging band out of Kakadu/West Arnhem that draw on deep musical family history from the Territory’s Top End. Incorporating traditional and contemporary styles, Black Rock Band mesh incredible cultural depth with a steady rock style, singing in both Kunwinjku and English. With songs like ‘Struggle’, ‘Learning on Country’ and their first recording ‘Bininj Kunborrk’ (meaning traditional song and dance), the band sing about their families’ cultural richness as well as contemporary social and political issues that reflect their experience as First Nations people: songs about culture, connection to country, the fight for social justice and the future they want to create for the next generation of children.
Black Rock Band are Richie Guymala, Romeo Redford, Graham Rostron, Dillon Brennan, Darius Cameron, Alfie Naborlhborlh and Kimberley Namarnyilk: bininj (men) & daluk (woman) working together. The band have recently recorded with Andy Baldwin (Rola Pola Studios, USA) and released their single to a sold out crowd in Melbourne alongside emerging artist Yirrmal Marika (Yirrkala) and contemporary folk outfit The Mae Trio. Over the past 12 months the band have developed their skills and crafted their style, with radio appearances and house concerts in Melbourne as well as a string of shows in the Top End at Barunga Festival, Mayali festival and Mahbilil Festival in Jabiru. The band have recently been awarded the George Rrurrambu Award for best community band at Barunga Festival 2017 and have been selected to participate the MusicNT Bush Bands Bash 2017 in Alice Springs.