(Budgerah Slabb - Image sourced from Echo Net Daily)
Golden beaches, stunning hinterlands and warm weather are what normally comes to mind when you think about the Gold Coast / Bundjalung Country and surrounding areas. But there is also a growing pool of up-and-coming Indigenous talent that is filling fast. Being Gold Coast locals ourselves, we are proud as punch of what the region has to offer, and we wanted to introduce you to a few of our favourites...
If moody, broody and catchy-as-heck electro-pop is your jam, you need to give Toowoomba talent Cloe Terare a solid listen. With a style that lingers somewhere between Billie Eilish and JOY with a slight dash of Lana Del Ray, the dreamy sounds and smooth beats of Cloe Terare are like candy for the ears and well worth a long listen. Having already gathered some serious attention in the Australian music scene, you can expect to hear and see more of this talented lady in the very near future.
He may only be 18 years old, but to hear his music, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Budjerah Slabb was far beyond his years. Growing up in a musical household, the sweet-sounding young Bundjalung singer was exposed to an eclectic array of musical styles, and the resulting talent is a sheer delight to the senses. Having already worked with ARIA award winning artist Matt Corby, this young up-and-coming musical talent is surely destined for great things.
From early beginnings out writing rhymes and rapping at just 14, the now 22 year old Bundjalung rapper from Tweed Heads South is starting to make waves. Big ones.
In July 2020, Jacob Paulson, or JK-47 as he’s become known in the world of music, took out Triple J’s Unearthed National Indigenous Music Award competition. The competition is designed to search out the country’s brightest up-and-coming First Nations musicians, with past winners including now well-known names such as Thelma Plum and Baker Boy.
JK-47 says that he started rapping purely for the love of music, but now feels compelled act as a positive role model for his family and as a voice for those who feel voiceless.
Well, we sure hear him, and we sure like what we hear.