If you haven’t heard of Baker Boy, then you need to. Danzal Baker, known professionally as Baker Boy is an exceptionally talented Indigenous rapper, dancer, artist, and actor. Baker Boy is known for performing original hip-hop songs incorporating both English and Yolŋu Matha and he’s coming to the 2019 Boomerang Festival, Bundjalung country’s very own world-class Indigenous Arts & Culture Festival within a festival.
Boomerang Festival as part of Bluesfest is back for 2019 with a stellar line-up including Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, DOBBY and many more including Baker Boy.
In Arnhem Land, they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’! Raised in the remote NT communities of Yurrwi and Maningrida, Danzal Baker has reached huge success of late, winning Young Australian of the Year along with a string of other accolades on his belt including The Age Music Victoria Awards, National Live Music Awards, National Indigenous Music Awards and Dreamtime Awards.
This strikingly talented artist on an undeniable rise is now playing Boomerang and Bluesfest 2019 and organisers are all excited to welcome the young Yolngu hip-hop talent to Byron Bay.
‘Our festival within a festival, at Bluesfest, is one of our highlights,’ says festival director Peter Noble. ‘It is a musical and sensory delight.’
Initially launched in 2017, Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project will be a highlight of Boomerang. Their aim is to raise awareness around the need for treaty with Australia’s First Nations people. In this exciting new, electronica-driven formation, founding members of Yothu Yindi – Witiyana Marika, Stu Kellaway and Kevin Malngay Yunupingu – are joined onstage by former band members and popular Indigenous singer/songwriters. For Boomerang Festival they will be joined by special guest, Yirrmal who will be singing lead.
Noble says Boomerang will host the best artists and dancers from Australia and surrounding regions.
‘The dance troupes are thrilling and to have a musical showcase presenting the Young Australian of the Year; the incredible Baker Boy, the legendary Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project, Mojo Juju, the Mission Songs, Benny Walker and much much more – this is a dream bill for us!
‘The incredibly popular Te Kopere Maori Healers will return providing their very special talents, the local Bundjalung weavers will impart customary weaving techniques in our kids tent in a way where children, and adults alike, can not only learn these skills, they can also have a very special First Nations experience and enjoy a cup of tea with an elder.
‘Once again, the local Arakwal people will welcome you to their country, as will the peoples of the Bundjalung tribe of our area, come and immerse yourself in Boomerang on a very personal level.
‘My partner Rhoda Roberts AO and I, as the Boomerang Festival Directors, invite you to experience this wonderful event. Many have said the Closing Ceremony is one of the most moving experiences, not only of Bluesfest, but, of their lives.