First Sounds

Katrina Hughes, 3rd March 2020

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and First Nations Media Australia are thrilled to announce the 12 artists chosen for First Sounds Volume One, featuring new and emerging First Nations artists from around Australia.

In this innovative series of releases, the organisations have teamed up their Amrap and indigiTUBE initiatives to deliver more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to Australian radio.

Featuring artists from Melbourne to Yuendumu, Alice Springs to Melville Island, First Sounds Volume One is a stylistically diverse compilation, drawing on hip hop, roots, RnB, rock, reggae, and pop. Behind these songs are real stories about finding your way and the realities about being a First Nations individual in Australia.

Greek-Indigenous rapper and APRA AMCOS Ambassador, Lady Lash National, formed part of the selection panel for First Sounds Volume One:

I’ve always enjoyed influencing people in a positive way when I’m able. Life experience Gives us the opportunity to connect deeper through music and life itself. First Sounds has made this possible to open minds and opportunities for First Nations artist to connect deeper through music and shine beyond. I’m looking forward to hearing more great music from more amazing artists!

DOBBY’s My Mind features on First Sounds Volume One, a powerful and positive song from the Sydney rapper, drummer and music producer portraying everyday pressures faced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community at large:  

"It's such an honour to have my music as a part of First Sounds!” he says. It fills me with pride to hear the sounds of our talented mob across the country in various forms. Our stories are being heard, loud and proud!"

Submissions for First Sounds Volume Two are now open. If you are a new and emerging First Nations artist, head to to take part. The best tracks will be selected by a panel of First Nations judges and the CD will be distributed by CBAA’s Amrap to hundreds of community radio broadcasters and stations across Australia. 

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

The full tracklist for First Sounds Volume One is below. Tune into your local community radio station to hear these exciting new sounds. If you are a community broadcaster or radio station you can download the tracks here.


First Sounds Volume One – Tracklist 
  • Sentimental Dreams - Boox Kid

  • Baby Buddha - PAW Band 

  • Jupurrupu -Yello

  • I Don’t Wanna Be - MissGenius

  • Tell Me Why - Dblood

  • Stuck in the System - Kirra Voller

  • Lost - Nathan May     

  • End of Story - Loui    

  • Snake of Light - Selve

  • My Mind - DOBBY

  • Heartbeat - Deline Briscoe    

  • Next Time I’ll Get It Right - Robert K Champion


For more information on the First Sounds initiative, contact: 

CBAA: Andrew Khedoori, Manager CBAA’s Amrap,
T: (02) 9318 9608  E:

indigiTUBE: JaJa Dare, Project Manager,
T: 0431 629 953  E:


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The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) has received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts in their recent grant round, and is excited to partner with First Nations Media Australia on a new initiative to raise the profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists – helping to share their songs and stories.


The deadline for First Nations artists to be considered for the inaugural First Sounds compilation, due out early 2020, has been extended to Saturday 14 December 2019.


Are you a community radio broadcaster or station? Join the mailing list to receive First Sounds, a compilation of new and emerging First Nations musicians.