Various Artists - Making Waves

Various Artists - Making Waves

Making Waves is an hauntingly beautiful celebration of Indigenous music. Gadigal Music in conjunction with ABC Music have released this amazing collection of eighteen songs from eleven very talented Indigenous Australian singer songwriters.


The Gadigal music label is part of the Gadigal Information service ( and was set up to help promote the musical talents of our Indigenous community and give them a wider audience.Which after listening to this album they rightly deserve.


There are further plans in 2009 to release a hip hop album. (I'm hoping Last Kinection are on that one, they are an amazing brother and sister act I had the pleasure of catching when they toured with The Herd).


This album was an introduction for me to many new artists. It is a very strong album. There are many different musical styles woven through each other, but they complement rather than compete against each other.


The album opens with two beautiful songs by Glenn Skuthorpe, an Adelaide based story teller whose lyrics breathe with heart felt honesty - Bleeding and Redfern Girl.


The unexpected Tipsy Tango from Darwin based Leah Flanagan changes the pace. She plays with influences from her mixed European and Indigenous heritage to come up with her own unique sound.


Hailing from the Central Coast in New South Wales, Radical Son follows. He has such an amazing voice. His version of Rain just has to be heard.


Dan Sultan is next. His lyrics (he writes with fellow band member Scott Wilson) are passionate and haunting and need to be listened to. His music has a nice country feel to it.


After winning a tremendous fight against a brain tumour in 2006, Sharon Lane is going from strength to strength in her music. A well respected country singer, Sharon lends her voice and talent to 2 songs on the album- Let's Talk About It and I Cried.


Australia is beginning to sit up and take notice of this next country talent on board, Adam James who shines with his songs My Own Best Friends and Country Blues.


Best known for her appearance on Idol, Casey Donovan captivates us with Help Me. Even though the hype of Idol may have died down, there's no denying this girl's talent.


Sharnee Fenwick charms her way into your heart with her beautiful vocals on Kiss That Boy and Bargained For.


And just when you thought it couldn't get any better along comes the soulful, Sydney based Krista Pav singing Tomorrow's Another Day.


L J Hill, combining his mixed Irish, Cherokee and Aboriginal ancestry enthrals and saddens us with his strong, evocative lyrics and powerful vocals.


Closing off this amazing album is the magical voice of Dewayne Everettsmith, a face that you may know from his appearance on Idol in 2007.


Many of the artists found on this complilation were recipients of nominations in The Deadly Awards 2008, the annual awards for Indigenous Australians for excellence in the arts, sport and community. Adam James received the nod for Most Promising New Talent in Music.


I can't rave enough about this album. It's polished, beautiful and bursting with talent.


If the aim of the Gadigal Music label is to nurture the talents of Indigenous Australians to expose them to a wider audience, it appears they have an abundant wealth of extremey talented musicians to choose from.


I hope this album gets the airplay and recognition it deserves.

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