WAM Release first single from ‘Sounds of the Kimberley’ Regional Recording Compilation
Amidst the COVID – 19 crisis it is important to have some joy in our worlds. We’re proud to share the release of the first single from the upcoming Sounds of The Kimberley album, ‘Wet Season’ by Main River Band.
Sounds of The Kimberley, WAM’s twelfth regional compilation is the second release of nine new regional recording project albums supported through the State Government of West Australia’s Contemporary Music Fund. Recorded on Djugun / Yawuru Country during September 2019 at a heritage-listed Old Pearler’s Warehouse overlooking Roebuck Bay in Broome’s Chinatown, Sounds of The Kimberley is the first compilation album from the song-fertile region in many years.
‘Wet Season’, the first single, is from one of the Kimberley’s most loved current acts, Main River Band. Gooniyandi people of the famous Fitzroy Valley, the band hails from Girriyoowa community, an outstation of Yiyili community, located 175 km east of Fitzroy Crossing. Main River Band write songs that describe the love for their country, people and families, with the track ‘Wet Season’ painting a picture of the spectacular and dramatic changing landscape during the tropical wet season.
Sounds of The Kimberley was set to be launched with all ten recorded artists performing live at the iconic Sun Pictures Cinema in Broome’s Chinatown on Friday 8 May 2020 alongside a live broadcast from ABC’s state-wide Regional Drive program. The current COVID-19 crisis has resulted in postponement of the event, with many of the artists featured on the compilation hailing from isolated and remote communities heavily affected by travel restrictions and community closures.
Wet Season was premiered on ABC’s state-wide Regional Drive with Andrew Collins on Tuesday 24 March, and released on Spotify and Soundcloud on Wednesday 25 March 2020. More information on WAM’s regional recording projects, including streaming links for previous compilations can be located HERE.