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After making their mark in 2018, here are some of the mob that you should keep an eye on as they go into the new year continuing their success.
By
Grayson McCarthy-Grogan

18 Jan 2019 - 3:53 PM  UPDATED 18 Jan 2019 - 4:24 PM

Carla McGrath

Proud Torres Strait Islander women (Kubin; Moa Island descendant) Carla McGrath is the board member on GetUp!, an independent movement aiming to build a progressive Australia by ensuring a healthy democratic nation.

With an election year in 2019, it's deadly to know that there are mob in positions to hold the Government accountable for their actions.

Keep up with Carla on Twitter: @CarlaMcGrath

 

Felicia Foxx

After an exciting year in 2018 leading the First Nations Float at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and taking out First Runner up for Miss First Nations competition, 'The Realest Tiddah of Sydney' is aiming to rise higher in 2019.

Ms Foxx told NITV that she will again be leading the First Nations Float at the Mardi Gras, this time wearing a custom-madeCarnivalee inspired black, yellow and red outfit. She has organised, and will be hosting, an after party with Klub Koori (Koori Radio) and ACON Aboriginal Projects for mob which includes a special Sapphires Tribute Production. Felicia hopes it will be a deadly night for mob to "not only support us but to celebrate the world for being the weird, wild and wonderful place that it is." 

She will also be launching a new project this year, Deadly Black Duo with JOJO ZAHO to showcase diversity in the drag scene.

In 2019 she will continue her weekday radio show on Koori Radio (3pm-5pm) to highlight what is happening in the queer Aboriginal community, with a focus on queer black drag. 

Keep up with Felicia on Instagram: @iam_deadly_feliciafoxx

 

Tasman Keith

Bowraville rapper, Tasman Keith is a proud Gumbaynggirr man and made noise this year (quite literally) with the release of his five song EP 'Mission Famous'.

With over half of the EP's tracks songs getting attention on triple j airwaves, Tasman also had two songs in the Spotify Top 50 All Aussie Hip Hop Playlist, which he was also on the cover of.

Along with the release of his EP, Tasman performed a number of shows as a solo act and also collaborating with other artists like A.B Original, Briggs, Nooky, Birdz, Caiti Baker, and most recently, he was a support act for American Hip Hop giant Royce Da 5'9.

Tasman told NITV that this year we can expect "definitely more singles and another tour very early in the year."

Keep up with Tasman on Instagram: @tasmankeith 

 

KAIIT 

Melbourne-based singer/rapper Kaiit, stepped onto the scene in late-2017,but it wasn't until last year that she started to gain the widespread publicity she deserves.

Kaiit is a proud Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander on her mother's side and Papua New Guinean on her father's. She draws inspiration from Lauren Hill, Amy Winehouse and SZA, with these influences being evident in her own soulful RnB music.

At the age of 20, Kaiit was named in the Red Bull Music's best rappers under-25 lists after releasing her debut album 'Live From Her Room'; an record where she expresses her personal experiences and advocates being comfortable in your own skin.

In 2019 Kaiit is set to entertain audiences with multiple performances throughout the year with festivals such as WOMADelaide and Zoo Twighlights, as well as supporting Aloe Blacc. 

Keep up with Kaiit on Instagram: @kaiit_isshe 

 

Alice Skye

Alice Skye is a proud Wergaia and Wemba Wemba woman from Victoria, based in Melbourne.

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter whose songs sparkle with sensitivity and maturity, released her debut album 'Friends with Feelings' last year.

Influenced by the likes of Missy Higgins and Regina Spektor, Alice took out the International Women's Day First Peoples Emerging Artist Award for 2018, as well as a finalist at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs).

Alice has a number of performances in the coming months including Day on the Green, Zoo Twilights and the Grampians Music Festival.

Keep up with Alice on Instagram: @aliceskye 

 

Keenan Mundine

Social justice worker, Keenan Mundine grew up in a troubled community in Sydney's Inner City. Like many young Aboriginal men, the effects of historic dispossession and low socioeconomic living found Keenan in juvenile prison. He was 14.

After spending 15 years in and out of the criminal justice system and experiencing, first-hand, the many problems which maintain the high numbers of Indigenous detainees, Keenan strived to become a youth worker for at-risk youth. 

He started Inside Out Aboriginal Justice Consultancy, an organisation which raises awareness of the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system and provides advice and culturally competent programs to improve outcomes for vulnerable Aboriginal people and their families. 

Keenan has been an advocate for raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 years to 14 years and in July last year, he gave a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on this issue in Australia.

In 2019 he will continue work toward breaking the cycle of incarceration for Aboriginal people and focus on his more recent Street Smart project, organising sport and activities for youth in Inner City Sydney on weekends.     

Keep up with Keenan on Twitter: @keenan_mundine 

 

Caitlin Moran

After a stunning performance in 2017 leading to her selection for the Australian Jillaroos NRL team and winning the World Cup, Caitlin Moran was named in the NRL Women's Top-40 list; an action-packed year which unfortunately saw her rupture her ACL and miss the NRL Women's Premiership season, State of Origin and also the Koori Knockout.

Sidelined by her injury, she was able to demonstrate her off-field skills, as a host for NITV at the Koori Knockout in Dubbo.

Hopefully, this year will see her bounce back from after recovery and see her on the field, as well as exercise her presenting abilities on-camera.  

Keep up with Caitlin on Instagram: @caitlinmaymoran 

 

Mojo Juju

Mojo Juju defines herself as a queer woman of colour. Wiradjuri on her mother's side and Fillipino on her father's side, Mojo Juju released her third album, 'Native Title', last year expressing her family history, culture and identity.

She has been a part of the Australian music scene for over a decade now, but with the release of last year's album, and winning triple j's J-Award for Music Video of the Year, with a suite of multiple ARIA nominations, she made her mark in 2018.

After the summer festival circuit, Mojo says that she is hoping to record and release something new later in the year.

Keep up with Mojo Juju on Instagram: @mojojujumusic 

 

Baykali Ganambarr

Proud Yolngu man from Galiwinku in the Northern Territory, Baykali Ganambarr uses YouTube as his medium to showcase his hip hop, cultural and break dancing moves to the world.

However, this year everything changed when his talents went to the big screen. Ganambarr was cast in Jennifer Kent's (The Babadook) film, 'The Nightingale'.

In September, Baykali received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Talent in Venice. With no professional acting training, Baykali humbly accepted the award, thanking the director, producer and his family.

He was also the recipient of the Male Actor of the Year at the National Dreamtime Awards 2018. Whether breakdancing on social media or feature film acting, Baykali is surely one deadly fulla to keep on in 2019. 

Keep up with Baykali on Instagram: @baykali_ganambarr 

 

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