The best of the best Indigenous music can now be heard in one place with the launch of Australia’s very first Indigenous music chart.
Compiled weekly, the charts will create a list of the most-heard Indigenous songs across Australian radio.
Commercial, community, ABC, digital, metro and regional radio stations will all be included.
Busby Marou has taken out the very first number one position.
And great tracks from Thelma Plum, Tia Gostelow, Tasman Keith have made an appearance showing the depth of Australian Indigenous talent currently on Australia’s airwaves.
Launch by the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) in partnership with Radio Monitor and the SGC Group, the charts are bringing Indigenous music to the front.
“We are very excited to launch a new platform to shine a light on the great achievements of Indigenous music in Australia today," National Indigenous Music Awards reference group chair Warren H. Williams said.
"We hope it will become an important place to recognise the incredible achievements of our musicians and the essential place they hold in the tapestry of Australian music culture."
The top 10 chart will be released every Friday based on airplay from the previous week and will complement the NIMA’s already-strong reputation of recognising quality in Indigenous music.
"In designing the chart, it was important to us to ensure robust and consistent data and Radio Monitor’s breadth of radio intelligence was the obvious place to start," SGC Group’s Stephen Green said.
"We hope the chart becomes a regular weekly visit for those to whom a quick look at the most popular Indigenous songs in the country could spur them on to give a listen, give support to or go in to bat for amazing music that might not already be on the radar,” he said.
The National Indigenous Music Awards are a yearly event held at the Darwin Amphitheater and managed by Music NT along with a national reference group of prominent leaders in Indigenous music.
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