Hailing from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjantjara (APY) Lands, DEM MOB are carving a new path in hip hop, strengthening culture through song and stories. The first rappers to perform and record in both Pitjantjatjara and English, DEM MOB have already graced the stages of NSS WOMADelaide, Wide Open Space Festival and supported artists such as BAARKA, J-Milla and Electric Fields. With family roots tying back to Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address and Yothu Yindi, it’s no surprise they are making waves in the industry.
“Music is the last link we have to our culture. Everything in our world has a dreamtime story, a song to teach the procedures. If we lose our dreamtime stories we will lose our culture. Language is changing because of western influence but our song lines are still strong. Music is literally the only reason our culture still exists,the one thing that white people can’t take away from us. Music is everything to us. This is why we do what we do.” – Elisha Umuhuri 2022
“Soul of the Lion” by DEM MOB is an energetic and inspiring sonic journey that captures the essence of perseverance and determination. The track kicks off with a strong beat and an infectious guitar riff that sets the tone for the entire song. The vocals are powerful and emotive, conveying a sense of strength and resilience that is sure to resonate with listeners.
The lyrics of the song are particularly impactful, touching on themes of self-belief and the power of the human spirit. “I got the soul of the lion,” serves as a powerful mantra that encourages listeners to tap into their own inner strength and overcome any obstacle in their path.
The production on “Soul of the Lion” is top-notch, with a polished sound that showcases the skill and talent of DEM MOB. The mix is well-balanced, with each instrument and vocal part standing out clearly without overpowering the others.
DEM MOB have crafted a powerful anthem that is sure to resonate with listeners of all genres and backgrounds.
The group celebrated release day with a massive live show at WOMAD the worlds festival in Adelaide, Australia – it’s clear that this group has a bright future ahead of them.