In celebration of NAIDOC week, Klub Koori's hip-hop and R&B party returns for 2019, with a line-up of emerging and established Indigenous artists.
Jennifer Scherer

13 Jul 2019 - 7:23 AM  UPDATED 13 Jul 2019 - 7:25 AM

Klub Koori is returning to Carriageworks for a festival of culture as NAIDOC Week 2019 draws to a close, featuring artists chosen by Briggs' Big Apples Music.

In line with NAIDOC's theme of truth, treaty and voice, a stellar line-up will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and music.


Proud Murri Man with Badtjala, Juru, Scottish and Melanesian heritage, Northern Territory based rapper Birdz will be performing at Klub Koori.

Growing up in Katherine, Birdz offers a raw and personal view of Indigenous rights through his music. 

Claiming the title for Best Independent Hip Hop album at the 2018 AIR Awards, Birdz spoke to NITV in 2017 about the moment he realised his calling.

"I remember seeing people like Yothu Yindi using music to create awareness in a real uncensored way, being straight up and proud - repping where you are from while identifying issues but still having a positive message in their music," Birdz said.

"After the release and success of ShepLife, Briggs wanted to share that platform with his brothers, we are all a close knit family we have all kind of had friendships together before Bad Apples music, so it was just a natural progression coming together and for Briggs to invite everyone on to his label."


Yuin man Nooky offers Klub Koori a twist of truth, culture and street; bringing his way with words to the stage. 

Speaking with NITV News last year, Nooky gave an insight to his inspirations as an artist. 

“My music is just a reflection of my community and who I am," Nooky said.

"When you see me on the stage and when you hear me on a song you’re looking at Nowra, you’re listening to Nowra from a Yuin man. My community informs my music and that’s all it is.”

Nooky first met Briggs at a workshop at Koori Radio and won the Australia Council's Dreaming Award in 2016.


Starting a love of powerful words from the age of 14, Wamba Wamba hip hop artist and storyteller Philly hails from Nowra but was raised in Mildura.

Speaking with Indigenous Story, Philly revealed the importance of his craft.

"It’s important to tell stories not only to pass down to younger generations but to also show people that they’re not alone, there’s someone somewhere going through something similar to the problems you might be having."

Winner of the 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards for New Talent of the Year, Philly is determined to use his platform for change. 

Kobie Dee

Rhythmic 21-year old Gamilaroi artist Kobie Dee has been tipped to be an emerging star of the Australian hip-hop scene.

Holding a gift for sharing stories and an old-soul, Kobie Dee effortlessly connects with his audiences, his words filled with wisdom surpassing his age.

Speaking with Triple J Unearthed, Kobie Dee opened up about his inspiration for hit song ‘This Life’ ft Bea Moon.

"I wrote this song when I was 18 or 19. It was a time where I started really reflecting on the things that happen around me, and just the struggles that people in community face every day."

Rebecca Hatch

Taking out Triple J's Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative at the NIMAS (National Indigenous Music Awards) in 2017, 18-year-old Rebecca Hatch is a force to be reckoned with.

With her Mum being from Samoa and her Dad being a proud Kamilaroi man, Hatch is known for her smooth R&B tones and hails from Sydney's West. 

Speaking to NITV's The Groove, Hatch said: "the music industry is pretty competitive but I think, when it's mob it's never a competition, it's always family." 

"If there are other Indigenous artists I'm always going to be rooting for them ... it would be so good to see more female artists in hip-hop and R&B right now." 

- The Klub Koori at Carriageworks event is on today, Saturday 13 July, Doors at 7.30pm, Welcome to Country 8pm. Tickets $15.

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