WOMADelaide has announced a new music development initiative for emerging First Nations artists, in collaboration with the City of Playford’s music venue and industry training hub Northern Sound System and Balya Productions.

Ten artists will take part in the year-round mentorship, with some given the opportunity to perform at WOMADelaide next week, including MRLN X RKM (Marlon Motlop and MC Rulla Kelly-Mansell).

Festival director Ian Scobie said the academy was founded to “further build WOMAD’s connection with local and emerging talent and audiences across the community.”

MRLN X RKM will open for Midnight Oil on Saturday the 6th of March – other First Nations artists including Archie Roach, Frank Yamma, Bunna Lawrie and more will perform over the WOMAD weekend in King Rodney Park / Ityamai-itpina.

Aboriginal Way caught up with Marlon Motlop, one half of MRLK & RKM, to find out what the initiative means for First Nations artists.

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