Almanac Music: Wantok Musik Newsletter



Kutcha Edwards’ 5th studio album ‘Circling Time’ to be released through Wantok Musik / MGM

We are very proud to announce that we will be working with Kutcha Edwards to release his fifth studio album, ‘Circling Time’.


‘Circling Time’ is filled with stories and reflections on the singer’s past and inspirations for the present. A survivor of the stolen generations, Kutcha has throughout his life and career connected people with a determination to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The new album is profound, and a timely reminder of the incredible depth and talent of one of the most inspiring voices within the country.


The latest single to be released from the forthcoming album is ‘Singing Up Country’: An uplifting, powerful ballad highlighting Kutcha’s connection to family, his ancestors and the land. Featuring the vocals of Wayne Thorpe singing Boondjil Noorrook, the Gunnai song of warning about the first sighting of Cook’s boats sailing up the southern coast. This celebratory new single is joined on the new album by a heart-rending tribute to Kutcha’s mother in ‘Mrs Edwards’ and the anthemic ‘We Sing’ featuring a chorus of known and emerging vocalists from across the globe.


‘Singing Up Country’ is available now via ourBandcamp store. You can also pre-save or pre-order a digital copy of ‘Circling Time’ nowhere.


‘Circling Time’ is released worldwide through Wantok Musik and Planet/MGM on Friday the 9th of July.



Tio releases new music video for ‘Mumbwe’


‘Mumbwe’ is Tio’s reworking of a song used in the Rom custom dance which has continued to hold a special resonance for him since he first witnessed it as a child. The song is a catalyst for sharing and connection, as groups of men would come together to sing and perform its accompanying dance in unison. The old language used in this song has been lost, but the sense of shared history remains. In Tio’s interpretation, his harmonies and overlaid drum rhythms evoke the shared experience of performing this musical tradition on a bed of swelling synths and percussive textures.

Watch the newly released video for ‘Mumbwe’ below. Tio’s debut album ‘Sorousian’ can be ordered from our Bandcamp storeor streamed online here.


‘Mumbwe’ by Tio

We are hiring!

Wantok is currently seeking applications to fulfil the role of Label Coordinator. Based in Melbourne and reporting directly to the Label Manager and Artistic Director, this is a dynamic role that will see the right candidate working with our astonishing artists to support the release of their records, as well as organising performance opportunities and media management.For a full position description, please contact Amy at [email protected] with ‘Label Coordinator role’ in the subject line.


In case you missed it: Jane Cornwell wrote this wonderful article on the life and music of Berliku (Maubere Timor) for last month’s issue of Songlines Magazine (UK). You can read the full article here, or order the Maubere Timor album from our Bandcamp storehere.



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