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Miiesha | NIMA New Talent of the Year 2020

Nyaaringu

From the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central Queensland comes a 20 year old with a voice ready to be heard.

A strong, proud Pitjantjatjara/Torres Strait Islander woman, Miiesha (Pronounced My-ee-sha) has been singing for her family and her community since the age of 8, and has since been developing her songwriting as a teenager.

Inspired by the sounds of RnB, Gospel, Soul and the power of spoken word poetry, and gifted with a voice that showcases vulnerability and strength, often in the one breath, Miiesha sings of her people and her community with the words of a leader and a teacher.

Since making her debut in mid 2019 and releasing a string of mesmerising singles – ‘Black Privilege’, ‘Drowning’, ‘Twisting Words’ and ‘Hold Strong’, Miiesha released her debut collection ‘Nyaaringu’, a project of 9 songs all tied together through the common themes of her life, her community and her people. Her late Grandmother’s interludes provide a thread between the tracks, highlighting the passing down of knowledge from Elders through the generations. ‘Nyaaringu’ garnered rave reviews and was named feature album on radio stations across the country including Triple J, FBI, RRR and 4ZZ. ‘Nyaaringu’ has since amassed over two million global streams and become one of the most important Australian albums in recent memory.

The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and have been celebrating Australian music for nearly two decades.

The NIMAs showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country. The Awards bring together acts who are yet to make their mark on the world alongside those who have achieved international acclaim, such as Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.

Held annually under the stars at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre, The NIMAS bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambiance of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures. Musicians such as Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, The Tableland Drifters, Warren H. Williams and Arnhem Land rockstars Saltwater Band have performed and won awards as well.

The NIMAs are a special celebration of Indigenous music: a family friendly, not-to-be-missed event in the Darwin entertainment calendar and the Australian music calendar.

In 2020 due to COVID-19 they were broadcasted on Australian TV and online.

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