This past weekend was spent celebrating some of the best musical talent in the Northern Territory, but what made it special was that it was predominantly female musicians we were feasting our ears on. The unique sounds of emerging female musicians from the Top End promises a bright future ahead for many female musicians in the Territory.
On Saturday night, Caiti Baker took away the coveted prize of NT Song of the Year with her track, ‘Make Your Own Mistakes’ and Phoebe Wear took out the People’s Choice Award. Following this up on Sunday, the Saltwater Divas performed in front of a sold out crowd at the Happy Yess theatre in Darwin.
Executive Director of MusicNT, Mark Smith commented on the weekends events saying “In one of the strongest fields for the NT Song of the Year Awards, two women dominated the major awards and the Saltwater Divas played to a sold out Darwin Fringe Festival crowd. This weekend really was a celebration of young talented women owning the stage”.
The 6th year of the NT Song of the Year Awards saw Darwin based singer-songwriter, Caiti Baker take home the overall, coveted prize of NT Song of the Year after also bagging the awards for both the Pop and Blues & Roots categories.
15 year old Phoebe Wear kicked off the night with a performance that still has people talking and then took out the People’s Choice award from over 1100 votes.
While the 45 minute curated showcase that was Sista Set, introduced music fans to a new wave of female Aboriginal Top End talent from MusicNT’s Saltwater Divas program. The Divas spent the week previous being mentored in songwriting, music composition and live performance by women in the music business before stunning the sold out crowd with their musical talent in Darwin yesterday.
“It was a tour-de-force of young talent this weekend and MusicNT is proud to have played a part in introducing audiences to their new favourite artists”, Mark added.
A full list of the 13 winners from the NT Song of the Year Awards for 2017 is available here.