MIDNIGHT OIL’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
THE MAKARRATA PROJECT
DEBUTS AT #1 ON ARIA ALBUM CHART
PERFORMANCE OF ‘CHANGE THE DATE’
ON ABCTV’S THE SOUND THIS SUNDAY
THE MAKARRATA PROJECT – Midnight Oil’s new mini-album, featuring 16 First Nations collaborators – debuts at #1 on this week’s ARIA Album Chart.
It is a timely return for the iconic Australian rock band, given that tomorrow marks the start of NAIDOC Week, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
THE MAKARRATA PROJECT is Midnight Oil’s first new music in nearly 20 years and their first #1 album since 1990’s BLUE SKY MINING (their greatest hits album 20,000 WATT RSL also went to #1 in 1997). The 7 song mini-album features musical contributions from artists including Kev Carmody, Jessica Mauboy, Tasman Keith and Alice Skye as well as a recording of the Uluru Statement From The Heart delivered by eminent First Nations people Adam Goodes, Ursula Yovich, Stan Grant, Troy Cassar-Daley and Pat Anderson.*
The band will donate all profits from this release to charities that seek to elevate the profile of The Uluru Statement and their label, Sony Music Entertainment Australia has pledged to match all such contributions.**
Midnight Oil will celebrate their #1 album with an appearance on ABCTV’s music program, The Sound on Sunday November 8th, performing ‘Change The Date’ from THE MAKARRATA PROJECT. The provocative track features a studio performance by the band, previously unseen sound and vision of the artist known as Gurrumul, plus a stirring vocal by rocker Dan Sultan, a proud descendent of the Arrernte and Gurindji people.
Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett said “It’s great to see this new music striking such a chord, particularly in NAIDOC Week which invites all Australians to embrace our true history. Hopefully these songs and the amazing contributions of all our collaborators will get us thinking seriously about The Uluru Statement From The Heart. It’s a roadmap to a unified nation. If you haven’t read it yet you really should”.
Denis Handlin AO, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand commented “Midnight Oil signed to our company 40 years ago and in that time, they have not only become icons of the Australian music industry, but very much part of the fabric of Australia. Their music has always been powerful, relentless and enduring, and there is no doubt that those qualities extend to this very special album that we are thrilled to bring in at Number 1. We are incredibly proud of this magnificent result for the Oils who are at the top of their game and continue to push boundaries by remaining relevant, compelling and believable.”
THE MAKARRATA PROJECT
- First Nation (feat. Jessica Mauboy & Tasman Keith)
- Gadigal Land (feat. Dan Sultan, Joel Davison, Kaleena Briggs & Bunna Lawrie)
- Change The Date (feat. Gurrumul Yunupingu & Dan Sultan)
- Terror Australia (feat. Alice Skye)
- Desert Man, Desert Woman (feat. Frank Yamma)
- Wind In My Head [Makarrata version] (feat Kev Carmody & Sammy Butcher)
- Uluru Statement From The Heart (read by Pat Anderson, Stan Grant, Adam Goodes, Ursula Yovich & Troy Cassar-Daley) / Come On Down (feat. Troy Cassar-Daley)