Nabarlek (band)

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Origin Manmoyi, Australia
Genres Indigenous Roots
Years active 1985–present
Labels Skinnyfish
Members Ross Guymala
Terrah Guymula
Stuart Guymala
Rodney Naborlhborlh
Leon Guymala
Marshall Bangarr
Benjamin Buranali
Winston Naborlhborlh
Berribob Watson
Winston Guymala
Lester Guymala
Peter Mylaynga
Garrad Naborlhborlh

Nabarlek are an Indigenous Roots band from Manmoyi, a tiny community in Arnhem Land, 215 kilometres from the remote community of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli). The band formed in 1985 as a group of singers and dancers with a couple of busted guitars and flour tins for drums.[1] The members are Bininj (the indigenous people of West Arnhem Land) and they sing in the Kunwinjku language and in English, trying to reach across the cultures.[2] Their songs are traditional songs of the Kunwinjku people of western Arnhem Land with a rock/reggae arrangement.[3] They call themselves the garage band that never had a garage.[4]

They have performed with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Yothu Yindi, supported Midnight Oil and played with Silverchair and Powderfinger on their Across the Great Divide national tour. They played at many music festivals, including several Darwin Festivals, the Adelaide Festival in 2000, and Womadelaide, the Port Fairy and Brunswick Music Festivals in 2001. They played for six weeks at the International World Expo in Hanover, Germany in 2000.[5]

Their album Bininj Manborlh was nominated for the 2002 ARIA Award for Best World Music Album.[6] They also received a nominations for Deadlys in 2001, 2002 and 2007. They are the subject of From outstation to out there. Nabarlek a music industry case study a DVD created by Gillian Harrison.[7]



  • Munwurrk (1998)
  • Bininj Manborlh (2001)
  • Nabarlek Live (2003)
  • Manmoyi Radio (2007)


  • Nabarlek on tour (2005)


  1. ^ DIG Internet radio Nabarlek Band Live. 26 August 2004
  2. ^ ABC Darwin Nabarlek reach new heights
  3. ^ Australian Music Online Arnhem Land band Nabarlek head to Brisbane... Archived 3 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Queensland Arts Council Nabarlek. The garage band that never had a garage!
  5. ^ The Music Council of Australia From Outstation to Out There. Nabarlek - a music industry case study Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Aria Awards Nabarlek awards history
  7. ^ NLA From outstation to out there. Nabarlek a music industry case study

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