Yothu Yindi & Gavin Campbell (Feat. Baker Boy) – Treaty ’18
Baker Boy features on Treaty ’18 by Yothu Yindi & Gavin Campbell
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6 July, 2018 (ahead of NAIDOC Week)
The fresh new prince of Arnhem Land – BAKER BOY has created a powerful rap as featured artist on a highly anticipated contemporary update of YOTHU YINDI’s iconic protest anthem, "Treaty".
The funky new jam, entitled "Treaty ‘18" by Yothu Yindi & Gavin Campbell ft. Baker Boy, will be released worldwide on digital platforms on July 6, ahead of NAIDOC Week. It features a host of emerging next generation Indigenous talent who guest alongside the young Yolngu rap star, including Dhapanbal Yunupingu – daughter of the band’s late frontman Dr M. Yunupingu – and serves to introduce stunning Yolngu vocalist and clan member Yirrnga Yunupingu, along with an additional rap in the third verse from Baker Boy’s MC and collaborator Dallas Woods.
Since recording the track, Baker Boy has been slaying audiences with his live rendition of "Treaty ‘18" at festivals and headline shows around the country.
Produced by Jerome Farah, with additional vocal production and percussion by Filthy Lucre and mixed by Tony Espie, Treaty ’18 also features three sections of rap, as written and performed by Baker Boy and Dallas Woods.
Treaty ’18 is an exciting addition to the 25th anniversary collection of new remixes commissioned by Filthy Lucre founding member Gavin Campbell, who reunited with Yothu Yindi on what has become an on-going collaboration. Campbell has also reformed the Filthy Lucre production team, now comprising of himself, DJ/producer Nick Coleman, Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project member Ania Reynolds, with Robert Goodge also still involved in the songwriting.
Says Campbell, "When Jerome sent me his first draft of this version of Treaty, it conjured up that same feeling of excitement I had when Robert Goodge, Paul Main and I finished work on our Filthy Lucre remix all those years ago."
"In addition to featuring such a stellar artist as Baker Boy, Razor is very proud to be highlighting young singers from our new live show Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, particularly Dr M’s daughter Dhapanbal. Let’s start the chant again!"
Treaty ‘18 will be released by Campbell’s label, Razor Recordings under exclusive licence from Liberation Records on 6 July.
It was recently previewed at the 30th anniversary of the Barunga Statement celebration at this year’s Barunga Festival on Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin name is Burralung/Gela Boy.
Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities Yurrwi (formerly known as Milingimbi) and Maningrida, 21 year old Danzel Baker, aka Baker Boy, raps in Yolngu Matha language, representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines.
After breaking through on Triple J, where he continues to receive high rotation airplay, Baker Boy’s career has shifted to top gear, with commercial FM stations jumping on board, and live performances at festivals and his own headline shows around the country.
Known as a multi-faceted artist, working across rap, dance, acting and graffiti, the talented Baker Boy hopes to inspire younger generations to embrace their culture and become leaders in their communities.
From an early age Dhapanbal Yunupingu has been surrounded by music. Her late father was Yothu Yindi co-founder Dr M. Yunupingu, celebrated for taking Aboriginal cultural sounds to the world. Dr Yunupingu’s six daughters would sit around him, absorbing his process as he created new music.
"My father was my inspiration. He was the person who inspired me to do music. Dad used to grab his guitar and all us girls would gather around him and just listen to him play songs" she says.
"Music was pretty much attached to me throughout my life."
Dhapanbal is the first Yolngu woman from her homeland in Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land to tour with her own music and as a member of Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, also helps to keep the fire that is her family’s musical legacy burning.
"I want to honour my father’s legacy and continue to spread his message of equal rights and opportunities for Aboriginal people."
While she has followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming a musician, her style is quite different from the upbeat sound of Yothu Yindi, Dhapanbal’s style is a blend of contemporary sounds, including folk and traditional Aboriginal music.
"Just like Yothu Yindi music, most of my songs are in English and my Yolngu language, which is the Gumatj language of my clan and isn’t music amazing? Music can take you around the world to share your stories."
Yirrnga Yunupingu was first noticed by Yothu Yindi bassist Stu Kellaway when one of the band’s singers, Shellie Morris, invited him to see the 10 year old perform at a local school concert. From a very young age, Yirrnga was a devotee of Yothu Yindi to the point that his entire repertoire consisted of only his idols’ songs.
Now 21 years old, the Gumatj man has recently travelled to Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast as a member of Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, to perform in the band’s first run of shows. It was a very proud moment for all concerned, as it was the very first time Yirrnga had left his East Arnhem Land home.
When Yirrnga is not travelling with Yothu Yondi & The Treaty Project, he spends his time performing at local NT venues and festivals, as well as playing the yidaki and fishing with his mates.
A Noongar man raised in the East Kimberly, Dallas is the quintessential underdog, having dropped out of school at age 14 and ran amok, heading straight for the justice system.
The Indigenous Hip Hop Projects came through town in 2007 and spotted this wayward kid’s cheeky knack for word play and rhymes and by 2009, at the age of 16, Dallas had won an East Kimberly Young Achiever Award.
Dallas met Danzel Baker in 2007 and immediately recognising that the 17 year old had talent, he took him under his wing, encouraging the young dancer to start his own rapping style and become Baker Boy.
Today, the two remain staunch friends who continue to write and perform together, including Baker Boy’s current single ‘Mr La Di Da Di’.
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