Local Knowledge (band)

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Local Knowledge
OriginNewcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Years active2002–2006
Associated actsThe Last Kinection, Street Warriors
Past membersJoel Wenitong
Abie Wright
Jacob Turier
Warrick Wright

Local Knowledge were an Indigenous hip-hop group from Newcastle, New South Wales.They were formed in 2002 by brothers Abie and Wok Wright and Joel Wenitong with DJ Jay Tee joining later. They disbanded in 2006. After the breakup Joel, his sister Naomi from Shakaya and DJ Jay Tee formed The Last Kinection while Abie and Wok have formed Street Warriors.[1]

Local Knowledge won a Deadly Award in 2005 for Band of the Year[2][3] and a Musicoz award for Indigenous Band of the Year.[4] They played a live set for TripleJ's Live at the Wireless show,[5][6] becoming the first indigenous hip hop group to do so[7] and were the subjects of a SBS TV documentary "Local Knowledge: The Message".[8] Their song Blackfellas was on high rotation on TripleJ.[9]


  • Blackfellas ep (2005)


  1. ^ "Local Knowledge Call it a Day". Deadly Vibe. Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia: Vibe Australia Pty Ltd (114). August 2006. ISSN 1446-9421.
  2. ^ "Band of Brothas". Deadly Vibe. Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia: Vibe Australia Pty Ltd (104). October 2005. ISSN 1446-9421.
  3. ^ Abey, Duncan (2006-01-05). "Knowledge generally on the rise". Illawarra Mercury. Wollongong, NSW, Australia: Fairfax Media.
  4. ^ "Knowledge is power". Deadly Vibe. Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia: Vibe Australia Pty Ltd (95). January 2005. ISSN 1446-9421.
  5. ^ TripleJ broadcast: 04/07/2005, Live At The Wireless
  6. ^ Deadly Vibe Issue 101, July 2005 Then there were four
  7. ^ The Newcastle Herald, 2 February 2006, "Black pride beats soul" by Brooke Newstead
  8. ^ Living Black. Episode 4 - Saturday Oct 2 at 7pm Local Knowledge: The Message
  9. ^ Local Noise Archived 2012-09-03 at Archive.today Aboriginal Hip-hop: a modern day corroboree

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