Artist info


Hip Hop

band members

Toby Finlayson, Joel Westlake, Josh Nicholas and young people from Ampilatwatja NT.


Ampilatwatja is in the heart of Alyawarr country on the Sandover Highway, 325 kilometres from Alice Springs NT. The Alyawarr people have always lived there, and would travel between soaks in the hot weather. The people of this region have close ties to the people who live at Lake Nash, and early in the days of European settlement they would walk to Lake Nash to collect rations of food and tobacco. When working with the Desert Sevenz, as with all the other community groups we work with, DPM aimed to: 1. Use words, music and images to create a dialogue and look at solutions to local social and cultural issues; 2. Train participants in community engagement, leadership and media production; and 3. Create an inclusive community production to inspire and empower. Desert Pea Media follows a grassroots cultural process. In the first few days in Ampilatwatja with the Desert Sevenz, we sat with a number of local elders and community leaders, and made time to explain our business.