The Wilcannia Mob

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The Wilcannia Mob is a rap/hip-hop musical group of five aboriginal boys from Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia. The group members are Wally Ebsworth, Keith Dutton, Colin "Colroy" Johnson, Lendal King, and Buddy Blair. The boys were discovered by Sydney based guerrilla artist Morganics during his children's musical and theatre workshops which took place in Wilcannia in October 2001.

They issued a single in 2002 called "Down River" which won a Deadly Single Release of the Year award in 2003. The didgeridoo made from a gum branch by group member Colin Johnson appears in the song. "Down River" was reissued on a CD entitled All You Mob (ABC Records) which included more of their songs and others recorded in outback communities elsewhere. They made their live performance debut at Sydney's Homebake Festival in December 2002. "Down River" appeared at No.51 on Triple J's Hottest 100 Countdown for the year 2002.

The Sri Lankan-British singer-musician M.I.A. featured the boys singing "Down River" on the track "Mango Pickle Down River" on her 2007 album, Kala.

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