Robbie Patj Patj Mills was born Larrakia, Kungarakan, Mayali, Yangman, Jawoyn, Gurrinji (tribal language groups of
Northern Australia). He is an owner/custodian of Aboriginal Lands in the Northern Territory. Areas of expertise include:
- Singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist
- Aboriginal cultural tours/experiences
“As an Aboriginal, I inherit the culture of all four of my grandparents. This determined my ‘Pombah’ which means track or path that I was to walk in life. You are expected to learn about your grand parents culture to help you make sense of yourself and why you feel and act the way you do. I was born into culture and my responsibilities began when I was a child. This meant learning language, songs and stories associated with country as well as the universe.”
“People often describe my music as ‘eclectic’. We have been known to play a wide variety of genres. I also have been influenced by tradtional Aboriginal music. I try to blend all these feels into a contemporary form.”
Robbie Mills plays with musician Brendan Hicks (who is close to the Larrakia community and works for Larrakia Nation’s Community Services) and a number of musicians who specialise in traditional Aboriginal instruments.
Robbie offers his music as:
- A soloist
- Ensemble, including traditional Aboriginal instruments: Kenbi (didjeridoo) and Dil Dil Mah (clapping sticks)
- Big Band
“I will play any music for anyone for as long or as little as they like.”
Price is negotiable.
Below is Robbie Mills & The Collective’s fresh Northern Australian perspective of Bob Marley’s song: ‘Zimbabwe’:
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