Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Folk | Reggae | Rock | Roots
About Apakatjah

Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja), a duo consisting of Dion Forrester (lead/rhythm guitar and vocals) and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan (lead/rhythm guitar and vocals).

The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja (Western Desert, west and south of Alice Springs) kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage and represents the musician's blended cultures and wide musical influences. Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants.


Album formats explained

Album formats

  • 10": 10 inch vinyl records were played at 45 or 33 1/3 rounds per minute (rpm). The former could hold 9, the latter 12 minutes of music per side.
  • 7": 7 inch records (often referred to as 45s) were played at 45 rpm or 33 1/3 rpm, with about 4:30 or 6 minutes of music per side.
  • LP: Long play, is a vinyl record played at ​33 1⁄3 rpm with a 12 or 10-inch diameter.
  • EP: Extended play, are vinyl records that allowed two or even three songs on each side.

Waru (Single)

23 September 2016
  1. Waru

Apakatja's debut single 'Waru' was a finalist in the rock category of the NT Song of the Year awards 2016.

In Between

31 March 2017
  1. Down the Road
  2. Desert Man
  3. Mexican
  4. Waru
  5. Irriti Nyinapayi
  6. Desert Highway
  7. What Did I Do
  8. Far From Over
  9. In Between
  10. Ngurra
  11. Sometimes

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Korff, J 2018, Apakatjah, <>, retrieved 16 July 2024

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