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Inaugural First Nations women’s hip‑hop showcase

Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) will host the inaugural First Nations women’s hip-hop showcase, Love for My Sisters, as part of this year’s conference program with a belting line-up of artists curated by Cairns-based First Nations hip-hop artist and MC, Dizzy Doolan.

Doolan will also perform and MC this year’s award ceremony with Yumi Stynes, which will be broadcast on ABC TV for the very first time.

AWMA founding executive producer and program director Vicki Gordon created the event to highlight AWMA’s ongoing commitment to showcase the exceptional talent of Australian First Nations female artists, musicians and DJs.

“Dizzy was one of our regional participants in 2019 and it is exciting to be working with her in a curatorial role this year. She is an incredible talent and, like all of the artists in this year’s showcase, Doolan has pioneered the way for women in the Australian hip-hop scene,” Gordon said.

Love for My Sisters is inspired by the single release, of the same name, written by Crystal Mastrosavas (Lady Lash) and Gladys Namokoyi (Kween G) who will both perform at the showcase on the evening of May 17 at The Tivoli in Brisbane.

Doolan, aka Charmaine Armstrong, invited her First Nations sisters RedBelly, Hot Brown Honey, Kaylah Truth, Kween G, Lady Lash and Shakaya to join the line-up for Love for My Sisters.

Staged at What’s Golden at The Tivoli, the concert will be an electrifying evening exploring deep storytelling through music – neo-soul, RnB, rap, hip-hop and house – with plenty of politics, identity and shared experiences.

Doolan’s powerful curation includes artists from across the country and combines their collective experiences to raise consciousness with their music.

“I’ve felt so empowered to play so many special roles in this year’s AWMAs and I’m truly honoured and so grateful to have been given the opportunity to curate the First Nations hip-hop showcase, to be a part of history in that way is next level,” Doolan said.

Tickets for the showcase are available here: Tickets include the chance to join an after-show function and network with music industry practitioners.

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