THE LAST KINECTION
The Last Kinection are an Indigenous hip hop trio made up of brother and sister Weno and Nay, and long time friend DJ Jaytee.
No strangers to the music industry, The Last Kinection have had significant success and experience for years before the group formed. Naomi (MC Nay) was one half of R&B Pop group Shakaya and signed with a major multinational label at the age of 16, quickly climbing the ARIA charts and selling platinum singles and a debut album. Joel Wenitong (Weno) and Jacob Turier (Jaytee) were on the rise as part of the infectious group Local Knowledge (Music Oz’ Best Indigenous Artist in 2005; Best Group in the 2005 Deadly Awards) before it folded. Disheartened and frustrated, all three quickly moved on to form The Last Kinection, and the adventures of the inspired trio began. Breaking down stereotypes and introducing Australia to the next generation of Indigenous music.
Weno has completed 4th year in Medicine and is now undertaking a research project in Indigenous mental health. Jaytee is completing his Bachelor in Visual Communications. “Our elders fought hard for our right to study, work and be able to make better lives for ourselves, I believe we need to take up the opportunities that they have made possible”, says Weno.
Naomi and Joel come from a large family belonging to the Kabbi Kabbi people of South East Queensland. At a frighteningly rapid pace they were losing their elders to the cycle of life. This reality was the reason behind the group’s name.
The Last Kinection (TLK) have established themselves as an empowering lyric-driven group with melodic production and progressive hip hop feel, led with Indigenous heart and soul. Tackling issues facing Australia has become part of their mantra. Great humour and captivating entertainment is what gives TLK’s personality such charm.
Their attention to entertainment and stagecraft has resulted in an explosive live show. They’ve played The Peats Ridge Festival, The Dreaming, Groovin’ The Moo, Field Days, Sydney Festival, The State Theatre and Brisbane’s River Stage for the Cannot Buy My Soul - Tribute to Kev Carmody compilation, along with countless more.
September 2008 was a defining moment for the group, after they were involved in a horrific car accident. The car they were driving was forced off the road resulting in a near death experience. Nay was assumed dead at the scene. They’ve since been profiled by TV show Crash Investigation Unit about their lucky escape. With spirit and determination the group rehabilitated and returned to support Public Enemy and Arrested Development in early 2009.
Their track ‘I Can’ is currently featuring in a series of health promotion ads across all forms of media.
They have delivered an award winning health campaign called ‘Where’s The Shame, Love Your Liver - Hep Hop Tour’, contracted by the Department of NSW Health and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, consisting of a series of workshops targeting hepatitis, winning a National Health Promotion Award for ‘Best Practice and Innovation’.
Winners of ‘Band of The Year’ for 2012 and 2011, ‘Best Single’ at The Deadly Awards 2011 and ‘Most Outstanding Achievement in Hip Hop/R&B’ in 2009 and 2010, along with ‘Best Female Artist’ award for Nay in 2010.
Signed to Elefant Traks, one of Australias’ leading independent labels, they now have released two albums, ‘Nutches’ and ‘Next Of Kin’.
The Last Kinection have a community focus, providing leadership and mentorship through workshops and appearances, covering health, education and music. Not only are they role models, they’re pro-active in inspiring people from all walks of life in a positive way.
The Australian Government, in partnership with the Yothu Yindi Foundation and The Last Kinection, are proud to support the 2014 GARMA Youth Forum. Visit indigenous.gov.au to keep up-to-date on Australian Government policies and programmes supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.