National Indigenous Music awards 2022: stars pay tribute to Archie Roach in emotional ceremony

National Indigenous Music awards 2022: stars pay tribute to Archie Roach in emotional ceremony

An emotional tribute to the late, much-loved Gunditjmara-Bundjalung songman Archie Roach was at the heart of the National Indigenous Music awards in Darwin on Saturday night. Led by Emma Donovan and Fred Leone, a group of artists gathered on stage to pay tribute to their beloved Uncle Archie, who died last week after a long illness aged 66. They performed We Won’t Cry from his 2012 album Into the Bloodstream. Many in the crowd wiped away tears as they sang the uplifting ballad: “I’m here beside you/Don’t you forget it/I’m with you walking down this road/Give up what’s inside you/You won’t regret it/Together we can lighten this load.” For the first time in two years, due to Covid restrictions, the National Indigenous Music awards were held under the stars in …
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