WILDFIRE MANWURRK are a melting pot of thrashing guitars, traditional songlines and stories young men face in a world of culture, chaos and change.
Representing remote NT, they hail from Maningrida Community and their ancestral home, Korlorbidahdah, 8 hours from Darwin in Stone Country Arnhem Land.
They are the intersection where a tidal wave of change meets the oldest culture on earth and sounds like an 80’s garage rock anthem sung in age old endangered languages Kune, Dalabon and Rembarrnga.
Sheer tenacity got them over the line to record their killer EP ‘THE NEXT FUTURE’ in the middle of a pandemic, dodging Covid lockdowns travelling interstate.
Their music takes you into the grungy sound of young men who until they recorded the EP had never even left the Northern Territory.
“When we were travelling to Darwin to fly to NSW, our car died in the middle of the Arnhem Land Highway and we just fixed the fan belt with a bit of blanket and swapped the broken radiator with a jerry can.”
True to their name, WILDFIRE MANWURRK are growing like wildfire, a uniquely gifted family who’ve poured years of blood sweat and tears into this music and are passionate about sharing their culture.
“This music, it’s looking at both worlds. We’re telling our honest story using Balanda (whitefella) and Bininj (blackfella) music together. Kunborrk (ceremony songlines) with modern instruments are our double tools”.