Wuigada is a dedicated space where First Nations musicians can share and celebrate music made by other First Nations musicians with PBS audiences.      

Wuigada was named and developed by the highly acclaimed indigenous singer songwriter, Kutcha Edwards. Wuigada in Mutti Mutti means 'to sing'.  

In this edition of Wuigada we hear from Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung singer/songwriter and storyteller Carissa Nyalu.

Carissa is based on Boonwurrung Country on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. She uses song as a medium to share stories. 

Carissa expresses this through singing in language as well as taking you on a journey to a place where you can feel her deep connection to her ancestral roots.  

Her love for being out on Country mixed with stories of her family and culture make for some raw and real acoustic songs that come straight from the soul.  

We asked Carissa what she’s been doing recently:  

‘I’ve been busy playing gigs for the Thin Green Line Foundation which involved supporting Dan Sultan down in Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula and supporting John Butler up in Castlemaine.   

I have also just released my second single, ‘Wanyarra’, which means water in Dja Dja Wurrung language. It is a song for all the different water ways, the salt water and fresh water, and also for the land and sky country too. I am currently in the process of recording my next single.  

My next gig is supporting Lisa Mitchell on June 3 at the Westernport Hotel in San Remo.   



We also asked Carissa about a song that has had an impact on her: 

‘Briggs' 'The Children Came Back' feat. Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith. Being a Yorta Yorta woman myself, this song gives me so much pride. It gives me strength in who I am and with my grandma being a part of the Stolen Generations, I feel it so deeply. 

We are excited to share Carissa Nyalu’s top songs for Wuigada:     

Skinnyfish Sound System - ‘Smoking Ceremony' feat. B2M, Birdz & Tasman Keith 

SMOKING CEREMONY ft. B2M + Birdz + Tasman Keith


Coloured Stone - ‘Waiting for the Tide’  

Waiting for the Tide by Coloured Stone


Electric Fields - ‘Pukulpa’  



Mambali - ‘Yuwani' feat. Emily Wurramara

YUWANI - Mambali ft. Emily Wurramara


Dallas Woods - ‘Heaven Of My Own' feat. Miiesha

'Heaven Of My Own' Dallas Woods Feat Miiesha


Wild Flower – ‘Kunbarlanja'  



Briggs - ‘The Children Came Back’ feat. Gurrumul and Dewayne Everttsmith

Briggs - The Children Came Back ft. Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith (Official Video)


Yothu Yindi – ‘Djapana'  

Yothu Yindi - Djapana (Original Version)


Chasing Ghosts – ‘Dig'  



Warumpi Band - ‘My Island Home’  

Warumpi Band - My Island Home 1988


Troy Cassar-Daly - ‘River Boy' feat. Shane Howard 

Troy Cassar-Daley - River Boy (Official Video) feat. Shane Howard


Jalgany - ‘Koori Girl’  

Koori Girl


King Stingray - ‘Hey Wanhaka’  

King Stingray - Hey Wanhaka (Official Video)


Mackridge x Barkaa - ‘22 clan’  

Mackridge x BARKAA - 22 CLAN (Official Video)


Oka - ‘Elephant Dub’ 

Elephant Dub


Listen to the Wuigada playlist in full via YouTube now.


Visit all the Wuigada stories, or check out: The Merindas, Harry WhaleboatMonica Jasmine KaroRobert K. ChampionRay Dimakarri DixonBUMPY, King StingrayLance O'ChinIzyAlice SkyeRadical SonBlack Rock BandAllaraEmma Donovan,  Marlene CumminsBenny WalkerStiff GinsRipple Effect BandWaveney YassoSue Ray, Troy Jungaji Brady, Dave ArdenShellie MorrisDeline BriscoeL.J. HillSelwyn BurnsRoger Knox and Kutcha Edwards.

Artwork by Dixon Patten.