The Last Kinection

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The Last Kinection
Origin Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Hip-hop
Years active 2006-
Labels BlackChili Productions
Associated acts Local Knowledge, Shakaya
Website Official site
Members Joel Wenitong
Naomi Wenitong
Jacob Turier

The Last Kinection is an Indigenous hip-hop group from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The band was formed in 2006 by Joel Wenitong, DJ Jay Tee (both from Local Knowledge) and Naomi Wenitong (Shakaya). The Last Kinection first came to attention with its reworking of the Peter Allen song, "I Still Call Australia Home".[1]


Elefant Tracks[edit]

In June 2010, The Last Kinection was officially signed to Independent, Sydney record label Elefant Traks[2] who released the band's second album, Next of Kin, in 2011.[3]


In 2009, the band supported Public Enemy.[4] They followed this up with a national tour beginning in July.[5]


In September 2008, the band was involved in a car accident, with Naomi Wenitong and DJ Jay Tee receiving serious injuries.[6][7] Wenitong sustained a broken femur, jaw, wrist, ribs, fractured pelvis, head injuries and was left in a coma. The accident was featured in an episode of the Crash Investigation Unit TV series.[8]


The band has won Deadly Awards in 2009 and 2010 for outstanding achievement in R 'n' B and hip hop and in 2011 for Best Band and Best Single.[9][10] In 2012, The Last Kinection received the Deadly award for "Best Band of the Year".[11]


  • Nutches (2008) - BlackChili Productions[12][13]
  • Next of Kin (2011) - Elefant Traks[14][15]


  1. ^ Time Out Sydney Get hip
  2. ^ Elefant Traks News Elefant Traks Artists
  3. ^ Pompor, Paris (10 December 2011), "Hip-hop", The Sydney Morning Herald 
  4. ^ "Hip-hop trio to tour", Koori Mail (454): 49, 1 July 2009 
  5. ^ Strohfeldt, Mahalal (15 July 2009), "Gruelling tour for The Last Kinection", Koori Mail (455): 40–41 
  6. ^ National National Indigenous Times. ISSUE 162, 18 September 2008 Pop star stable after car crash
  7. ^ Triple J Music News Last Kinection in serious car accident
  8. ^ The Newcastle Herald, 3 March 2010, "See me die, almost" by Amy Edwards
  9. ^ Beaumont, Anita (22 October 2009), "Well kinected", The Newcastle Herald 
  10. ^ Tarala, Kate (24 November 2011), "A cultural connection", The Newcastle Herald 
  11. ^ Amy Edwards (26 September 2012). "Deadly win for The Last Kinnection". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  12. ^ tsunami mag review The Last Kinection
  13. ^ The Newcastle Herald, 27 August 2009 "Life drives new road" by Anita Beaumont
  14. ^ Fitzpatrick, Stephen (12 November 2011), "Next of Kin review", The Australian 
  15. ^ Hill, Matt (8 December 2011), "Next of Kin review", The Northern Rivers Echo 

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