Newcomer Gawurra Wins Big At The NIMAs

A new face in Aussie music Gawurra has won big at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs), taking home four awards.

Gawurra from Milingibi Island country nabbed the award for Album Of The Year with his debut record Ratja Yaliyali (Vine of Love) beating out Gurrumul Yunupingu and Dan Sultan. He also won New Talent as well as Best Cover Art and Film Clip for his track Ratja Yaliyali.

He wasn’t the only winner on the night though with the legendary Gurrumul Yunupingu taking out the award for Artist Of The Year for the fifth time. Gurrumul releases his third album The Gospel Album last year.

Indigenous rapper Briggs was also a winner as his tune The Children Came Back with Dewayne Everettsmith and Gurrumul was crowned Song Of The Year.

The winner of the triple j Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative was also announced with Tia Gostelow from Mackay winning ongoing mentorship from the Association of Artist Managers and a song-writing workshop for her school. She’s also competing in the wider Unearthed High competition after being announced on the shortlist this morning.

Check out the full list of winners from the NIMAs below.

Watch: Gawurra – Ratja Yaliyali

Artist of the Year

Gurrumul Yunupingu

Album of the Year


Song of the Year

The Children Came Back – Briggs

Written by Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach, Corey McGregor, Adam Briggs

Performed by Briggs, Dewayne Everettsmith & Gurrumul

New Talent of the Year


Cover Art

Ratja Yaliyali – Gawurra

DESIGNER: Jalyay JAJA Thompson

Film Clip

Ratja Yaliyali – Gawurra


Community Music Clip

Break The Silence

Ngukurr Community, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, White Ribbon

Traditional Song of the Year

Two Sisters Journey

Ishmael Marika

Hall of Fame

Kutcha Edwards

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