WAM Release Sounds of The Kimberley Regional Recording Compilation
West Australian Music (WAM) are proud to announce the official release of Sounds of The Kimberley, the twelfth compilation album from WAM’s regional recording program! The release is the second of nine new regional recording project albums, supported through the State Government of West Australia’s Contemporary Music Fund.
Sounds of The Kimberley is the first compilation album from the song-fertile region in many years, are features original songs from ten Kimberley region artists selected to take part in the WAM project. Following earlier release of singles ‘Wet Season’ by Main River Band, ‘Malu Mabu Liyan’ by Matalja and ‘Indigenous People’ from Rocky Ridge Band, we’re excited to share the full record featuring song from;
Arnold McKenzie (Derby)
Dodge City Boys (Halls Creek)
Elly Ottenhof (Kununurra)
Hillside Band (Bayulu Community)
Lenny Gordon (Yiyili Community)
Damar Isherwood (Broome)
Main River Band (Girriyoowa Community)
Monique Le Lievre (Broome)
Rocky Ridge Band (Wangkatjunka Community).
In September 2019, our regional team headed to Djugun / Yawuru Country set up WAM’s pop-studio in an Old Pearler’s warehouse overlooking Roebuck Bay in Broome’s Chinatown. The ten artists worked alongside some of WA’s best producers and sound engineers, including Matt Giovannangelo, Andy Lawson, James Newhouse, Dan Carroll and Sean Lillico. As well as working with the artists, sometimes entering the studio for the first time, our sound engineers offered workshops and advice to locals and Kimberley based engineers looking to expand their knowledge and kick-off their careers. The result is a curated compilation album that provides a snapshot of the musical talent throughout the expansive Kimberley region, and the stories of people, communities and life in our state’s north.
The stunning album artwork featured on the limited-edition CD package was produced by Kimberley artist Barry Demi – the lead singer of legendary Halls Creek band Dodge City Boys. Having painted for over 25 years, Barry is the current chairperson of Halls Creek’s Yarlyil Art Centre and has had his work exhibited in galleries across Perth and the Kimberley.
Sounds of The Kimberley was set to be launched with the ten involved 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.
Sounds of The Kimberley is available now to stream on Spotify, Soundcloud, IndigiTUBE and other streaming platforms. For more information on WAM’s regional recording projects, including streaming links for previous compilations, the history of the recording projects and an insight into the regions of Western Australia, head HERE.