Yapa Beats : from the desert

Popportunity CD released

Produced by CAAMA in cooperation with PAW Media, the Popportunity CD is a great compilation of reggae and desert rock. It includes talented songwriters and musicians from Yuendumu, with the beginning track from Esau Japanangka Marshall of PAW Media.  Called ‘The Dream” the song, sung in collaboration with Dwayne Abbott from Nyirripi, is a powerful song about escaping grog and the problems of being away from country.

Thanks to CAAMA for the great support and training that came PAW Media’s way through this project. Popportunity is being added to the playlist of the PAW Radio Network.  Contact the CAAMA store for more information on sales.

Yuendumu at the Australasian World Music Expo

Dennis Jakammara Nelson and Will Kendrew took off for Melbourne on Wednesday 18th November to take part in the 2nd Australasian World Music Expo.

Of course they will be handing out copies of Yapa Beats to share the joy around, but they’ll also be listening for music influences and ideas for new music that they can bring back to Yuendumu.

We’re looking forward to them coming back and giving us a rundown on the gig and workshops they attended.

Baby Please video wins Best Music Video

The PAW Media video crew had a great time at the Darwin Remote Indigenous Media Festival in early October 2009. Winning 7 awards, PAW Media was the most successful Remote Indigenous Media Organisation at the Festuval. Baby Please won the Best Music Video.

With direction and camera work by Bruno Jupurrurla Wilson, a great music track by Dennis Jakamarra Nelson Spencer, and outstanding animation by Jason Japaljarri Woods, the music video was a crowd pleaser. Thanks to Stewart Carter for his mentoring, support and training for the PAW Media crew.

PAW Media video and radio workers receiving their award

Yuendumu Music Studio busy? Yuwayi!

The Ti Tree Six Mile Band has been into the Yuendumu Music Studio in the last week, recording 5 songs in just one day. They had a great time and are looking forward to coming again to do a few more songs, enough for a full CD. The Ti Tree Six Mile Band have been around for a long time, writing their own songs and getting lots of practice in. Watch out for news of a CD release of their work hopefully early next year.

Desert Mulga Band aka The Verandah Band

PAW Media is pretty pleased that the Desert Mulga Band is part of the Yapa Beats CD. The Desert Mulga Band is a well-known Nyirripi band with the strong desert beat as part of their style. But they have become famous recently as The Verandah Band in the film Samson and Delilah.

Yapa Beats team gets interviewed on CAAMA

Dennis at CAAMA

Dennis Jakamarra Spencer Nelson has been interviewed by CAAMA radio about the new Yapa Beats CD. It was the first radio interview for Dennis but it was hard to tell. Thanks CAAMA for helping promote our CD. Yapa Beats is available in the CAAMA Shop at Alice Springs. Drop in and check it out.

Dennis at CAAMA

Yapa Beats CD now available

The Yapa Beats CD was released in time for Yuendumu Sports Weekend on August 1 2009. With twelve tracks of contemporary Warlpiri desert rock, reggae and gospel its become the CD you hear blasting out of cars travelling around Yuendumu, and the new music tracks that are being played on local radio. All totally produced at Yuendumu’s revitalised Music Studio at PAW Media with Dennis Jakamarra Spencer Nelson as sound engineer and music studio manager. And with art work for the CD also created by PAW Media staff Jason Japaljarri Woods and Bruno Jupurrurla Wilson.

To purchase go to our online shop.