|Origin||Galiwin'ku, Elcho Island, Australia|
|Associated acts||Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Yothu Yindi|
|Members||Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Manuel Nulupani Dhurrkay
Saltwater Band are an Indigenous Roots band from Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island, around 560 kilometres from Darwin. The members are Yolngu and they sing mostly in language. Their songs are a mixture of traditional songs and reggae/ska influenced pop. One member of the band, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, is a close relative of Mandawuy Yunupingu of Yothu Yindi and is a past member of Yothu Yindi.
Saltwater Band's first cd Gapu Damurrun, sold more than 10,000 copies, a then record for an independent Northern Territory act. Their album Djarridjarri was nominated for the 2004 Best World Music Album Aria Award. The album also received a Deadly Award for Album Release of the Year.
Awards and nominations
|Year||Recipient / Nominated work||Award||Result|
|2012||"Compass" (Charlie Yunupingu, David Yunupingu)||Blues & Roots Work of the Year||Nominated|
- Gapu Damurrun (1999)
- Djarridjarri (2004)
- Malk (2009)
- Skinnyfish Music Saltwater Band - Gapu Damurrun'
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Listen Up - Music of Black Australia
- National Indigenous Times - Issue 68 Deadly times for Saltwater
- Aria Awards Saltwater Band awards history
- Deadly Vibe Issue 93 November 2004 Saltwater snaps up Deadly
- "APRA Music Awards 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Retrieved 29 May 2012.
- "Nominations > Blues & Roots Work of the Year – 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.