Sister album coming soon.

Pre-save now

New release, Together.

Listen now

Spinifex Gum album one.

Listen now

Dream Baby Dream.

Add your voice
About Us

An Australian made collaboration of voice, sound, movement and change.

Spinifex Gum is a musical collaboration that celebrates the talent of our Indigenous youth. One that examines the problems and reconceived ideas of this country. It’s one that ignites change through a united collective voice. It has the power to disarm, inspire and speak to us in a way that no individual voice can.

Created by the Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill for the Cairns-based Indigenous choir Marliya, of Gondwana Choirs, and featuring guest vocalists Adam Briggs, Peter Garrett and Emma Donovan in a song cycle reflecting the dramatic contrasts of the Pilbara region of northern WA.

July 29 2019

Meet Spinifex Gum

Watch now
July 29 2019 - Video
Dream time at the G
July 29 2019 - Video
Rehearsing with Deborah Brown
July 24 2019 - Video
Meet Marliya
July 24 2019 - Video
Adelaide Festival
Sisters Album

Sisters album coming soon.

Our debut album was born in the Pilbara amongst the clash of industry, nature, community and politics that exist there. Sisters emerged mostly from Marliya’s hometown of Cairns in Far North Queensland. The first album sung of contemporary Australia with a clenched fist. Sisters is an embrace, its inspiration is the warmth of the singers themselves. To be in proximity of Marliya Choir, to hear their collective voice is an experience that never leaves you. It gets under your skin. If all Australians were fortunate enough to be with them in that room, by that stage, or on that country, things might be different. There would be less meanness and cynicism in the way we see ourselves, and by extension those around us. Sisters is our invitation to be somewhere nearer that place.

  1. Sun 4th Aug

    Garma Festival

    Sold out
  2. Sat 10th Aug

    NIMAs Amphitheatre

    Sold out
  3. Fri 6th Sep

    Red Earth Arts Festival

    Sold out
  4. Sat 7th Sep


    Sold out
  5. Tue 10th Sep

    Canberra Theatre Centre

    Sold out
  6. Fri 13th Sep

    Melbourne Recital Centre

    Sold out
Spinifex Gum

Listen to our first album now

Musical snapshots of life in the Pilbara, north Western Australia, performed by the lush voices of Marliya from Gondwana Choirs, young Indigenous women singing in English and Yindjibarndi. Joining the choir are Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill of The Cat Empire, who wrote and produced the music, and special guests Adam Briggs, Peter Garrett and Emma Donovan.

Subscribe for news

Information for presenters

For all performance and presentor enquiries please contact

Stop Videos