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From Numbulwar, a remote coastal community on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria, comes Mambali, a young and exciting emerging force in Northern Territory music. They’ve been a hit at festivals around the Top End for the last few years, wowed at WOMAdelaide earlier this year and are set to take on the world with a soon-to-be-released debut album.

Mambali fuse their traditional cultural songs and rhythms with contemporary sounds and beats to create a pulsating performance. Their traditional songs about country, culture and the Dhumbul (Devil) Dance are performed in contemporary arrangements that are all edge and energy.

Singing mainly in the traditional language of the Nunggubuyu people, like many Aboriginal bands Mambali strive to be a positive influence on the next generation. They firmly believe that music is key to this strong positive influence and a powerful means of engaging young people. They are also keen to share their songs and culture and introduce a wider audience to the richness of their life on the remote shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

  • Photo Duane Preston

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