First Sounds Volume 6 out now!

Amy Leiper, 10th September 2021

The latest in our compilation series of thrilling new First Nations artists across the nation is now released! Plus, a callout for Volume 7!

First Sounds Volume 6 is yet another set of blistering tracks from new and emerging First Nations artists from around Australia. In partnership with First Nations Media Australia and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, this latest volume features 12 tracks ready for airplay on the incredible network of community radio stations. First Sounds is a great opportunity for these artists to get exposure for their amazing music.

Promoting artists from Djugun (Broome) to Boonwurrung (Mornington Peninsula), from Yindjibarndi (Roebourne) to Noongar (Perth), Kauruna (Adelaide) and the Anmatjere/Warlpiri (Central Desert), the expressive voices of First Nations music makers are compiled into one album.

Focussing on sounds from blues, R'n'B, rap, country, desert rock, reggae and dance, the album showcases powerful stories about life and loss, strength and healing and the experiences of being First Nations in so-called Australia. Two songs on the latest compilation feature in language from Anmatjere and Warlpiri Country, and Noongar Country, providing for a diverse range of music.

"There is something so special about seeing my track side by side with so many other Indigenous artists. I love being a part of this amplified voice, being one of the representatives of representation! Makes me feel extra proud of being Aboriginal.”  Nidala

First Sounds delivers fresh Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music to community radio with the series distributed to over 250 community radio stations and broadcasters.

Taylah J, from the act Stone Moth, hails from a Samoan ancestry, raised in Australia from Goreng Goreng / Taribelangbunda country to Gubbi Gubbi / Kabbi Kabbi country, on which she now resides. Taylah J debuts on First Sounds Volume 6 with her single White Lies, a literate rap that exposes an educated view about colonisation, social justice and racism, past and present. Collaborating with Uncle Kev Starkey, her mentor, guardian, and producer, Taylah J was excited to be selected for the latest First Sounds album:

“Being selected to be a part of First Sounds Volume 6 is incredible, and what I consider an honour. White Lies is my debut single, in which I collaborated with Uncle Kev Starkey, and to be able to spread our message among such amazingly talented artists in this compilation, is humbling to say the least.”

Are you a First Nations artist and want to hear your music on the airwaves? Applications for First Sounds Vol.7 open today and close on Thursday 30 September 2021. 

Artists can enter tracks up to one year old via

All eligible entries are listened to by a selection panel of leading First Nations music industry leaders including Emily Wurramara, Dallas Woods, Fred Leone and Shellie Morris from which 12 tracks will be chosen.

Check out the tunes from First Sounds Volume 6 below for airplay on your show!

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