Tag Archives: Alice Springs

BamFest 2015

BamFest 2015 presented by Barkly Reginal Arts’ Winajjikari Music Centre was a big success this year with a celebration of Aboriginal Music from the Barkly region with special guests. The line up this year included the amazing sounds of The Barkly Diva’s, Barkly Boys, Rayella WMC Allstars and other acts. There was a great community atmosphere with families enjoying the live music and yummy food.


R&B Superstar Ashanti to perform in Alice Springs


Rnb Superstar Ashanti will be in the Red Centre as part of her Australian tour, and will be performing at the Gap View Thursday the 30th of July. After the huge success of Ja Rule the other member of Murder Inc Ashanti Douglas will perform her Hit Singles “Foolish”, “Happy” and “Mesmerize”. Local Aboriginal artists Cassandra Williams, Rita Tomlins, and DJ Lorena Walker will open the show before the queen of Rnb takes to the stage.

You can also hear sets from DJ Vella, who has organised to bring Ashanti to Alice Springs through Urban Xclusive Alice.

Come on down to Gap view tonight from 8pm till late.

Listen to the Drivetime with Mikaela on CAAMA Radio from 4pm CST, for your chance to win a double pass.

And that’s a Wrap from the NIMA’s 2015


The National Indigenous Music Awards are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous Music Awards and have been celebrating Australian Music for over 11 years!

the NIMA’s showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country. The awards being together those who are yet to make their make in the industry and those who have gained national and international success.

Community art centre looks at good health for Aboriginal people

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 Photo courtesy of Alex Craig

An Alice Springs based PHd student who is studying the health benefits of art centres in  remote Anangu communities says information she has gathered during three years of research could provide valuable input into future government policy.

Maree Meredith who began working as a Northern Territory health cadet thirteen years  ago and then later as a researcher with the Central Land council says the Howard Governments Intervention had driven her to become  more aware of Government  policy implementation and the impacts that it had on Aboriginal communities.

Ms Meredith who grew up in Qld says while health remains such an important issue for Aboriginal people it is important to work with and encourage local community members   to become a part of future ongoing research.

Ms Meredith has been assisted by the Lowitja Institute Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Researchers to complete her PHD project.

Cheekydog: Going from strength to strength!!!!!

The name cheekydog has taken the country by storm, Dion Beasley who’s country is near the remote community of Canteen Creek (Owairtilla) located south-east of Tennant Creek, has had his art work distributed since 2012.

Profoundly deaf and a reduction in mobility due to muscular dystrophy, Dion has overcome many challenges and communicates with the world through his visual representations of community life.

for more of Dion’s art work go to http://www.cheekydogs.com.au/ and check out what is store.

Joy Bolter


The Ugly Face Of Racism Within Australia…

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A Sydney based human rights campaigner says while it is important to challenge right-wing racist extremists it is also important to challenge government policy which has created the current environment for it to exist. Jumbunna Indigenous house of learning researcher Paddy Gibson was commenting on last weekend’s rallies across the country which raised the ugly face of racism within Australia.

CAAMA NEWS 20-07-15

CAAMA News Team: Justin Fenwick, Kyle Dowling

The Northern Territory’s Chief Minister Adam Giles says that his government is committed to tourism in Northern Australian.

An archaeological dig is taking place at one of the most  industrialised areas of Australia, to try and establish how long ago Aboriginal people arrived in the area.

And Finally to the Sunshine Coast where community collaboration could see the preservation, of one of Australia’s most vulnerable animals.


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Women Talking Women’s Business

CAAMA radio’s Women’s Business Program focuses on women of all ages doing great things to strengthen their communities. Jointed hosted by Mikaela Simpson, Donna Campbell and Lorena Walker and aired Friday mornings 11am-12pm CST, the show allows women to have a platform to share their stories.

This week focussed on women being recognised on a National Level. Interview guests included the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year Jackie French who shared her journey as a white woman being accepted into an Aboriginal clan group, Chantal Ober, a young woman from Katherine who was recently titled NT Young Person of the Year for successfully advocating for safe spaces young women can access, and finally CAAMA Productions Producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney of award winning short film, Nulla Nulla. The short film has recently been nominated for another award.

If you have a story you would like to share with our listeners contact caama reception on 08 8951 9778

Steve Widders shares his difficult journey.

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Steve Widders – courtesy of www.armidaleexpress.com.au/

Steve Widders is an Aboriginal man from Northern NSW, who in 1990 was diagnosed with macular degeneration by the late Fred Hollows and declared medically blind. Upon being diagnosed Mr Widders suffered depression severely struggling with the drastic change in his life.

Though the support of his family and friends Mr Widders was able to find the strength.

News Wrap July 17

NAIDOC Award winners, Ja Rule in Alice Springs, Papunya’s local radio back after 4 years, and Senior Australian of the Year Jackie French + NT Young Australian of the Year Chantelle Ober visit red centre.

Nurnakah Show 17-07-15

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What a week on the show! It was a very busy week and once again a very packed show! This week on Nurnakah Show we sat down with IndigiLes, Kellum and Aunty Vanessa.