In a record-breaking year, 16 bands from remote communities applied to be part of the 2016 Bush Bands Program. And after a rigorous selection process six bands were chosen to participate in the intensive skills development camp – Bush Bands Business – and then put it all to practise in front of thousands at the 13th annual Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs!
The bands selected for this year’s Bash represented different communities and their music reflects the sounds and stories from their land. For the first time there is an all-female band, a band from East Arnhem Land and 5 of the 8 selected are joining the program for the first time.
The 2016 Bush Bands are:
(Willowra community | Warlpiri language)
(Santa Teresa community | Eastern Arrernte language)
(Irrunytju community | Ngaanyatjarra & Pitjantatjara languages)
(Indulkana community | Pitjantjatjara & Yankunytjatjara languages)
(Elliott community | Mudburra language)
(Umbakumba community | Anindilyawka language)
....and thanks to Sand Tracks we also have
(Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Wutunugurra community)
Here the music from the 2016 Bush Bands!