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Monday 15 August 2016

NIMA Hall of Fame musicians to tour central desert communities
Legendary Lajamanu Teenage Band headline this year’s iconic Sand Tracks tour supported by up and coming artists, Desert Hip Hop.
The Warburton community dancing to support act, Running Water, at the 2014 Sand Tracks tour. The 2016 tour, headlined by the legendary Lajamanu Teenage Band and supported by Desert Hip Hop, will once again visit the town of Warburton, and 5 other communities in the central desert region. Photo by Tim Cole
Lajamanu Teenage Band exploded onto the national music scene in the nineties as a pioneer of the distinctive desert reggae sound. From the remote community in the Tanami Desert, the Teenage Band quickly became popular with young people from the bush and town and 20 years on, continue to be a voice of social conscience, performing exciting live shows across Australia. In 2012, the band was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the prestigious National Indigenous Music Awards and are currently preparing for a 6th studio album.

With their decades of experience, Lajamanu Teenage Band will mentor talented young artists, Desert Hip Hop across the tour.

Desert Hip Hop is made up of crews from three different communities in the Barkly region. Desert Sevenz from Ampilatwatja community, The Hill Boyz from Epenarra community and The E Town Boyz from Elliott were an exciting addition to the 2015 Bush Bands Bash and are set to have audiences up and dancing to their beats in 2016.

Country Arts WA’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul MacPhail, said “Sand Tracks tour goes from strength to strength each year, connecting successful musicians with remote Indigenous communities in Australia through music and culture. Sand Tracks, now in its eighth year, is gaining both national and international exposure. We know the 2016 bands will be a huge hit in the communities they are about to tour.”

The Sand Tracks Tour is presented by Country Arts WA and Healthway promoting the Mentally Healthy WA campaign message, Act-Belong-Commit.

Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey, said “Healthway is delighted to support the Sand Tracks tour for 2016. It demonstrates the Act-Belong-Commit message by providing an opportunity for people living in remote communities to share in and enjoy the exciting live music performances. Through this year’s tour, Healthway and Country Arts WA are working together to promote healthy living in communities throughout Western Australia.”  

Through its partnership with MusicNT, the Sand Tracks tour kicks off at the annual Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs.

MusicNT’s Executive Director, Mark Smith, said “Regional touring is a vital development ground for musicians and MusicNT is proud to again partner with Sand Tracks to tour Bush Bands across the central desert region. The addition of NIMA Hall of Fame legends Lajamanu Teenage Band to this tour is a reflection of the high regard the band continues to generate across the desert and we can't wait to welcome them to Bush Bands. We are proud of this partnership with Country Arts WA and look forward to another year of amazing music.”

Sand Tracks starts on 28 August at the Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs and will then travel to five remote Indigenous communities across three states; Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, with the final performance on the 14 September in Amata. 

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