Kardajala Kirridarra is the groundbreaking collective formed by lead songwriter/vocalist Eleanor Dixon and Melbourne producer/multi-instrumentalist Beatrice Lewis (Beatrice/Haiku Hands). They’re also joined by translator, story-teller, poet and Eleanor’s aunt, Janey Dixon, plus rapper MC Kayla Jackson.
Translating to ‘Sandhill Women’, Kardajala Kirridarra is the name of the mysterious bush women from the sand hills behind the remote community of Marlinja, Northern Territory, and their debut album tells the stories of the earth and women’s roles in carrying the earth’s energy. Their album combines traditional soundscapes of Indigenous Australia (instrumental seed pods, thunderstorms, clap sticks) with ambient electronics and production.
In their short time in the industry, Kardajala have performed at BIGSOUND, Golden Plains Festival, Wide Open Spaces, Barunga Festival, and were the first all female band to play Bush Bands Bash. They also won MusicNT’s 2017 Folk Song of the Year, won Happy’s ‘Needle in The Hay’ vinyl competition, and earned album of the week at no less than nine radio stations, including Double J.