Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program

Listen Up - Music of Black Australia

A compilation of music by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Australia's Indigenous singers and musicians have a global audience courtesy of a CD commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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 Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.

The CD was produced by the Darwin independent recording company, Skinnyfish Music, which specialises in recording, promoting and distributing contemporary and traditional Indigenous music.

The CD also showcases performers such as the Stiff Gins, Nabarlek, the Saltwater Band and Letterstick, and artists Kerrianne Cox, Rita Mills and Frank Yamma.

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.

CD: Music of Black Australia

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

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Copyright notice

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: 

  • distribution for non-commercial use to DFAT posts, and DFAT's Australian state and territory offices for promotional use and performance associated with DFAT functions and services; and
  • communication 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 absolute discretion.

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.