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Rapper J-MILLA is one of the many Aboriginal voices who have lent their star power to the #VaxTheNation campaign.

Singing in unison to vax the nation

MAK Mak Marranungu rapper J- MILLA has joined the chorus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices asking eligible people to book in for their COVID-19 vaccination.

“I’m too keen to get back on stage and have the music scene back to normal,” J- MILLA said.

“I’m now fully vaxxed to contribute and can protect my community and everyone around me.”

J-MILLA’s song 60K+ features in the #VaxTheNation campaign, which is also being supported by Archie Roach, Troy Cassar-Daley, Briggs, AB Original, Sycco, Emma Donovan and Alice Skye.

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Prison advocate Keenan Mundine and NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge are concerned about the effects COVID is having on prisoners.

Concern for inmates as COVID spreads in prisons

Monday, 13 September 2021 9:00 am

MANY Aboriginal prisoners in NSW prisons feel they have been left as ‘sitting ducks’ following outbreaks of the COVID-19 Delta strain inside the state’s jails.
An outbreak inside Parklea Correctional Centre had reached almost 100 inmates last Friday, with almost a dozen of those Indigenous, and another cluster had been detected at Bathurst Prison, and also at Silverwater Prison.

Keenan Mundine, a prison advocate who has a brother inside, told the Koori Mail that he was “blown away” to learn that prisoners were still being transferred between prisons across the state, and that inmates were being denied basic protection…

Docker River Band will perform at the Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs. Docker River Band is led by Anangu man Roy Jugadai, who is an accomplished guitarist and singer- songwriter from the remote community of Kaltukatjara (Docker River) close to the border of the NT and WA, 230km west of Uluru. The DRB has been honing its dynamic desert reggae musical style for years, a fresh sound often found in the Central Desert region. DRB plays original songs and sings in Pitjantjatjara language. They are a tight band and combine dreamy vocals with impressive keyboard riffs and solid bass and drums.

Bush Bands Bash is bigger than ever

Monday, 13 September 2021 9:00 am

A RECORD number of performers applied for MusicNT’s Bush Bands Bash this year.

MusicNT’s Bush Bands Bash is considered one of Australia’s premier Indigenous music events. Since 2003, the annual concert attracts thousands to gather in central Australia and witness musicians from some of the country’s most remote communities hit the big stage.

The concert is also the culmination of Bush Bands Business, a development program where artists have the opportunity to hone their musical and performance skills along with gaining valuable music business knowledge from selected industry professionals.

After a tough selection process, MusicNT announced the performers who will be taking part in Bush Bands Business before hitting the stage in the main event..

Adrian Burragubba addresses a crowd of protesters outside Queensland Parliament House last week. Mr Burragubba is calling on the State Government to halt mining at the Bravus (formerly Adani Australia) Carmichael Coalmine to investigate water usage and the effects on the sacred Doongmabulla Springs. Picture: Alex Bainbridge

Wangan and Jagalingou call for mine stop work

Friday, 10 September 2021 9:00 am

WANGAN and Jagalingou tribal leader Adrian Burragubba had a message for Indian mining giant Adani last week.

“Wangan and Jagalingou people are telling Adani to walk away and don’t come back,” he said at a protest outside the Queensland Parliament in Brisbane.

“We’re fighting against corruption, lies, deception, coercion and the rape of our land.”

The Queensland Government is being urged to intervene to ensure Bravus’ controversial coal mine project is not draining a nearby nationally significant wetland.

About 100 protesters rallied outside State Parliament to call for the Government to investigate the Carmichael mine and rail project in central Queensland.

Joe Williams, third from left, appears in documentary A Matter of Life and Death, hosted by Osher Gunsberg, fourth from left.

Mental health is priority for Joe Williams

Friday, 10 September 2021 9:00 am

DESPITE forging a successful professional career in football and a boxing, Joe Williams battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and bipolar disorder.

Joe is a proud Wiradjuri/Wolgalu man born in Cowra and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Joe played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs, achieving great things in his sport.

It was during his football career that he suffered his first concussion, which triggered negative dialogue in his mind that plagued him for most of his life.

“I remember from the age of 13 this narrative would be playing out in my thoughts and at the same time trying to juggle what was going on mentally and emotionally and at the same time chasing my football dream,” Joe said…

Evolving Gorget – Wambuul Bula by Wiradjuri artist Ange Jeffery.

Blak Jewellery project has designs on culture

Thursday, 9 September 2021 8:43 am

A NEW exhibition at the Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) uses jewellery to show connections between past and present.

Blak Jewellery – Finding Past, Linking Present shows a beautiful range of contemporary jewellery anchored by connection to culture, country and family.

The exhibition is the outcome of the Blak Design program.

An Australian first, this four- year program is presented by the KHT to foster First Nations cultural innovation within the Victorian design sector and provide a platform for nurturing sustainable, First Nations design practices…

Ash Barty suffered a shock loss at the US Open on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

Barty ousted by hometown favourite Rogers at US Open

Thursday, 9 September 2021 8:37 am

WORLD No 1 Ash Barty has fallen just short of her quest to win the US Open title after a shock loss to American Shelby Rogers in the third round in an epic match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York on Sunday.

Barty fought back from a set down to take the second with ease before the third set went to a tiebreaker in a match that went a touch over two hours.

The 43rd-ranked Rogers pushed reigning Wimbledon champion Barty to breaking point in the tiebreaker where the Australian ultimately failed to turn around Rogers’ incredible momentum in the 6-1 2-6 7-6 (7- 5) victory…