And the winner is…
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) has returned for their third year. Kicking off again at the end of July, with Triple J Unearthed and the NIMA teaming up to look for the best unsigned Indigenous act in Australia. Our proud winner for 2014 is 22 year old Hip-Hop rapper from Mildura, Phillip Murray.
The NIMAs are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards. In 2013 the awards were used to celebrate 10 years of recognising Indigenous music. The NIMAs were created to showcase the rich Indigenous music of Australia. They bring together acts who are yet to break into the musical scene, as well as those who use their music to make a difference, such as Gurrumul and Jessica Mauboy.
Previous winners of the NIMAs, Thelma Plum and Robbie Miller, are said to have been the inspiration for the massive amounts of entries this year in reaction to a new generation of indigenous artists. With Philly now one of them, giving him the chance to inspire young indigenous people.
Influenced by hip-hop, Philly has been writing and singing songs from a young age. His love of hip-hop is what initially sparked his decision for a career in music. It didn’t take long before he became a local sensation, playing gigs all around Mildura and Swan Hill side.
In 2010 Philly won the National Noel Tovey Achievement Award. He also in 2010 became Mildura’s NAIDOC Artist of the Year. Soon after he signed with independent Indigenous music label Payback Records. He has only one YouTube hit titled Rookie of the Year, however, he has also toured nationally with the Yung Warriors including an appearance at Big Day Out festival in 2013.
August is a big month for Philly as he will travel alongside Dan Sultan, Briggs and Jimblah to perform at the NIMAs ceremony in Darwin. As well as this he will have his songs played on Triple J and Triple J Unearthed.
Philly has recently supported Jessica Mauboy for two events in Mildura and Melbourne, he also recorded a rack with Jimblah for his soon to be released album, Not My Life. Soon after the release he will be touring both regionally and nationally, to promote new material.
His newest single We On finds him collaborating with Geelong AFL star and musician Steve Motlop, which excitingly is set to be released on August 15.
Currently Philly is working on more motivational and uplifting songs that promote open-mindedness in society. We definitely look forward to hearing more from this inspiring young man. – Isabel Williams
Top photo from Philly’s official Facebook page.