Kee’ahn, Bumpy and more to perform for ABC Melbourne NAIDOC week broadcast

Also featuring appearances from Kutcha Edwards and Emma Donovan and The Putbacks

Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Badu Island singer Kee’ahn and Noongar musician Bumpy are among the artists set to perform a live broadcast for ABC Melbourne in celebration of NAIDOC week.

The hour-long session will air tomorrow (November 10) from 2pm AEDT on ABC Radio Melbourne and Victoria, before streaming on the broadcaster’s Facebook later that night.

In addition to appearances from Kee’ahn and Bumpy, listeners can expect to hear celebrated Indigenous artist Kutcha Edwards perform his latest track ‘We Sing’, lifted from his forthcoming album ‘Circling Time’.


Acclaimed singer-songwriter Emma Donovan will also be chipping in for the broadcast, along with The Putbacks. Donovan however will be performing out of the ABC Sydney studio due to border restrictions, while the band play from the Melbourne one.

They’ll be playing ‘Mob March’ from their new album ‘Crossover’, which dropped on Friday (November 6) last week.

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Ooh ahh I’m so stoked to be a part of this lineup alongside Uncle @kutchaedwards, @kee.ahn, @emmadonovan_music and @theputbacks 🤯💥 My first performance and outing post melbourne lockdown so it hit all the nerves.. but so keen for this NAIDOC special with @abcinmelbourne @abcindigenous 🖤 performances will be streamed via the Facebook event ——- Always Was, Always Will Be: ABC Melbourne presents a NAIDOC Week music celebration Jacinta Parsons and Shelley Ware present a music special for NAIDOC Week on Tuesday, 10 November. Broadcasting on-air from 2-3pm on ABC Radio Melbourne & Victoria and streamed on Facebook and YouTube from 8-9pm on ABC Radio Melbourne & Victoria. To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020 and AusMusic month, ABC Melbourne presents a special one-hour performance, featuring some of Australia’s most talented and exciting Indigenous musicians. This special broadcast will feature the multi-award winning singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards, performing his latest single from his forthcoming album Circling Time, as well as two emerging female artists flooring audiences around the country with their soulful vocals.Kee’ahn and Bumpy are soon to be household names. Finally, ABC Melbourne was not going to let border closures stand in the way of a performance by Emma Donavan and The Putbacks. In a radio first, soul powerhouse Emma Donovan will perform her rousing release Mob March in our Sydney studio while her funk band, The Putbacks play in our Melbourne studio. This is a performance you won’t want to miss. Recorded from Studio 31 at ABC Southbank, the special performance will be broadcast on ABC Radio Melbourne & Victoria on Tuesday, 10 November, on-air from 2-3pm and streamed on Facebook and YouTube from 8-9pm. Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020, 8 – 15 November, Always Was, Always Will Be.

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Bumpy took to Instagram today (November 9) to share her excitement about the impending performance alongside lauded artists.

“Ooh ahh I’m so stoked to be a part of this lineup,” she wrote.

“My first performance and outing post melbourne lockdown so it hit all the nerves.. but so keen for this NAIDOC special.”


The broadcast is one of many NAIDOC celebrations taking place this week, all highlighting the talent of First Nations artists.

Over on TikTok Australia there are nightly performances from Kee’ahn, SyccoBaker Boy and more taking place until November 13, while Isol-Aid’s 34th instalment this Saturday (November 14) features The Merindas and Dobby, amongst others.

Last night’s episode of ABC’s The Sound also heroed First Nations musicians, with performances from the acclaimed Archie Roach, Christine Anu, Ngaiire, Electric Fields‘ Zaachariaha Fielding, Tasman Keith, Briggs and more.