Blekbala Mujik

"Greatest Hits Live"

(Caama Music); World Music

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Blekbala Mujik have been around in various forms for almost three decades now and this live compilation of their standout songs is a fantastic introduction to their punchy, funky world of spiky guitars, lively grooves and atmospheric synth sounds.

Hailing from Gulin Gulin in Central Arnhem Land, they’ve toured consistently and reaped a number of awards over the years, which is clearly reflected in these exuberant performances.

Sung in an intriguing mix of English and traditional Bunggul and Kriol, their words show a deep understanding of the elements that make up their lives.

Sometimes bleak (“He battered his wife then put her in hospital All their kids were upset realising mother’s not with them” - Drangkinbala) sometimes gorgeous (“It stands up like a beauty in the blazing sunlit sky Her story tells of wisdom written on her sacred ground” - Kakadu) but mostly passionate and uplifting (“Come together today. Be a friend with everyone” - Make Peace, Make Love, No War).

Combining dreamtime storytelling and traditional didgeridoo and sticks with contemporary Oz Rock riffs and irresistible reggae and dance beats, Blekbala Mujik concoct a tasty brew that’s extremely likeable and easy to connect with.

Vibrant and earthy.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.