|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[clarification needed]. Their songs are a mixture of traditional songs and reggae/ska influenced pop. One member of the band, the late Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, is a close relative of Mandawuy Yunupingu of Yothu Yindi and was 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||Nominee / 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 Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine Deadly times for Saltwater
- Aria Awards Archived 2011-05-19 at the Wayback Machine Saltwater Band awards history
- Deadly Vibe Issue 93 November 2004 Archived 5 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine 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.