Amy Leiper, 23rd December 2021
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and First Nations Media Australia have come together one more time right at the end of 2021 with First Sounds Volume 7, presenting another incredible array of First Nations music talent set for airplay across community radio nationwide.

In the two years since First Sounds began, over 80 artists have been featured on CD compilations, distributed to over 250 community stations and presenters. The initiative has seen a substantial increase in opportunities for airplay and exposure for First Nations artists, many of whom struggle to gain a foothold in the music industry. With community radio in Australia being the main first point to create an audience for a musician in Australia, First Sounds provides a presence and a pathway for the sounds created by these incredible artists. Tracks on Volume 7 were produced all over the country and sung in various Indigenous languages.   

In selecting the final artists, tracks were listened to by a rotating selection panel of First Nations music industry leaders. Emily Wurramara, Dallas Woods, Alice Skye and Shellie Morris are just some that have participated in the selection to deliver a strong vision of First Nations music in today’s Australia.  Artists on First Sounds Volume 7 are:

Boox Kid
Lydia Fairhall
Alywarre Hip Hop
Dani Teveluwe
Sharron Mirri Bell

As well as the First Sounds CD, all First Sounds tracks available digitally via the Amrap platform (, and indigiTUBE. This includes any artist who entered their music to First Sounds with broadcast-ready music. First Sounds has recently expanded to include a mentorship program for a host of First Sounds artists, with professional guidance from Emily Wurramara, Kobie Dee and Mau Power.

Click here for First Sounds Volume 7 and stay tuned for more announcements on First Sounds for 2022!

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and First Nations Media Australia are thrilled to continue showcasing new and emerging First Nations artists from around Australia with the release of First Sounds Volume 5


FIRST SOUNDS Vol.8 is calling for track entries in any genre from independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians who want to be heard on community radio airwaves and featured by indigiTUBE.


Be part of amplifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. Submissions are open now and close on Monday 22 March 2021.