Danzal Baker

Travels from: Northern Territory

2019 Young Australian of the Year

Categories: Motivational Speakers, Recording Artists

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As a multi-talented and multi-lingual artist, Danzal Baker is the first Indigenous artist to achieve mainstream success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language. Working across rap, dance, acting, and graffiti, his performances have captivated audiences across the country. 

In 2017, Danzal rapped his way into the charts with his single ‘Marryuna’, which was voted into 17th place in Triple J's Hottest 100. Following up with his debut single ‘Cloud 9’, the song won Triple J's Unearthed competition. Danzal went on to sign a record deal with Select Music and was handpicked by English rapper Dizzee Rascal to be his Australian support act.

Danzal has been the recipient of numerous awards, including at the National Indigenous Music Awards, and the Charles Darwin University Art Award. In 2019, he was named as Young Australian of the Year. 

Raised in Milingimbi and Maningrida, Danzal is proud of his heritage, and works to encourage and inspire young people in remote Indigenous communities to embrace their own culture and seek leadership positions. He tours Australia extensively, bringing his music to communities across the nation. 

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