The Yung Warriors also known as Tjimba and the Yung Warriors lead in the development and expression of contemporary Hip Hop for Australia’s Aboriginal people. With a remarkable debut album ‘Warrior for Life’ and a top selling follow up ‘Standing Strong’, with award winning songs and two national tours under their belt they are ready rap your world.
Its no wonder The Yung Warriors are known by many as “Australia’s Indigenous Hip Hop Ambassadors”. They can now claim a formal title because the Yung Warriors won the prestigious and highly competitive Deadly Award for “2012 Indigenous Hip Hop Artist of the Year”. This year they also won the VIPA Award for Song of the Year with ‘Standing Strong’ and they have many other awards under their belt.
The Yung Warriors are currently in they are in pre-production for their third album with new commercial deals in hand. Recording will be through April and May with a release date in June to be announced when we have the right deal. The Yung Warriors with the mentorship of professional music workers and trainers at Blackwing Music.
The Yung Warriors have played the biggest venues in Australia ( Melbourne Tennis Centre) They’ve supported the biggest names in hip hop ‘50 Cent’ and collaborated with the foundation band of classic American hip hop the ‘Outlawz’.
They even rocked a new audience at this years Melbourne Big Day Out festival playing live at the much sought Red Stage 3pm afternoon slot.
The Yung Warriors give back so much to their community by collaborating with heaps of ‘yung’ young talent from around their home state of Victoria. They’ve played soulful sets for free to save their local indigenous school. They’ve played for top dollar at Moomba and at the MCG in front of 100,000 footy fans. They give voice to a generation, not only for indigenous youth but for all Aussies especially connecting with the indie music fans at rock festivals.
The Yung Warriors carve out Indigenous Hip Hop in Australia They both come from remote Aboriginal communities, the desert at the heart of Australia. Their music comes from the heart of Australia too, contrasting ancient warrior chants with street raps from the toughest urban patch in Melbourne.
Tjimba Possum Burns and Danny Ramzan (D Boy) formed Tjimba and the Yung Warriors with Narjic Day Burns in 2004 and started writing songs and raps. They quickly built a following and community support in Victoria and started playing live. With their debut recording, the album ‘Warrior For Life’ they hit the airwaves in 2006.
They became indigenous radio heroes on every playlist in the country and quickly became favourites of community radio. Songs from their first album have been performed on the NITV Marn Grook program and with AFL televised matches. The title track opens the hilarious movie ‘Stone Bros’ and the Yung Warriors won support slots for international acts 50Cent and Akon at the Rod Laver Arena
The Yung Warriors joined Nathan Lovett Murray’s Indigenous label Payback Records to spearhead their artist roster and build a movement. In 2011 they released their second album ‘Standing Strong’, over a dozen videos, toured regional centres such as Newcastle and Ipswich along the East Coast, played mainstream venues including the FBI Social Club and The Evelyn Hotel.
In 2011 the Yung Warriors broke new ground with their first national tour the “ Black Boy Tour” from Melbourne where they are based to Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin and Alice Springs. People were calling out for a show.
Australias only national youth radio network Triple J presented their second national tour, the “Hip Hop Corroboree Tour” which took on fourteen shows to all capital cities adding Perth and Bunbury for the first time as well as Mildura, Geelong, Wollongong.
As well as shows and workshops for their community, corporate and media shows they performed at festivals right across Victoria including at the famous St Kilda Festival , Share the Spirit Festival , Taverer Festival in Warnambool and even Brambuk Forrest Festival in remote Victoria. They have also played mainstream festivals including the AWME (Australian World Music Expo) in 2011 and Big Day Out in 2006
The guys are inspired to show indigenous youth everywhere that ‘there’s always something good out there’ and to ‘hold your head up’. They reach out with ‘Indigenous Hip Hop’ for everyone out there saying ‘our music is for everyone’. To that end the Yung Warriors began to perform as either a rap outfit of three or in a band version of eight members.
The Yung Warriors supported causes dear to their communities such as Snake Safe Sex program, Not 1 More, Reconciliation Victoria, The Long Walk, the Melbourne Youth Custodial Service and Indigenous colleges at La Trobe Uni, VCA, Melbourne Uni, Monash Uni and KODE School.
Tjimba and Danny have developed a workshop for schools with spectacular feedback from Camberwell Boys Grammar School and Melbourne Ladies College where students generally agreed ‘The Yung Warriors are the first cool indigenous people we met and heard songs from and now we are fans too.’
The Yung Warriors website at www.yungwarriors.com.au keeps fans updated with news and downloads available as well as new tracks, pictures, apparel and fan mail. Dates are constantly being added up to four months in advance.
Warriors Tjimba Possum Burns & Danny Ramzan are in their mid twenties and continue to help younger rappers and musicians by featuring them on tracks or on stage. As musicians they are both well on the way to being recognised as producers with D Boy considered one of the best beat producers around and Tjimba’s awesome guitar and melodic talents sees him working increasingly as a professional session guitarist.
These music warriors are an awesome team and believe in all family values. Tjimba and cuz Danny have that natural communication on stage that only blood brothers can have. Their connection is musical too. They work on tracks together, always producing their own beats and playing all instruments; every note is original and recorded live.
Born south of Alice Springs but now living in the backblocks of Melbourne’s northern suburbs around Broadmeadows, Tjimba is renown in his community and a very accomplished musician…. playing any guitar, keyboard, and didgeridoo as well as sequencing beats and writing lyrics.
His musical and artistic heritage is awesome…his father is the renown Aboriginal guitarist and songwriter Selwyn Burns (Coloured Stone, Mixed Relations, No Fixed Address, Blackfire and more) and his late grandfather, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjari, was the first representational dot painters and left an outstanding legacy of true genius.
Tjimba and Danny are so proud of their Grandfather’s achievements and how his paintings sell at world record prices. ‘Grandpa pointed at me one day and predicted “you’ll be a musician son”. The whole family is gifted in the arts with Tjimba’s three younger brothers and sister already playing music, acting and painting. Clifford Possum’s ‘Warlugulong’ sold for 2.4 million dollars recently.
Yung Warriors’s tracks