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Karnage gains immense satisfaction from producing his own music. A proud Arrernte man, Karnage moved to Adelaide at an early age and started writing and developing his own rapping.
His introduction to the work of many well-known rappers led to an interest in free styling, rapping with others and writing tracks by the age of 13. After building on his production skills for over 10 years, Karnage is now working alongside Ngarrindjeri/Kokatha woman Darknis.
Darknis has always loved expressing hip hop music on stage. Performing about and for her people gives her gratitude and strength.
KnD are a hip-hop duo from Alice Springs who have been writing and performing since 2008. Karnage (Tristrum Watkins) is a Western Arrernte man from Hermannsburg (130km west of Alice Springs). Darknis (Corinna Hall) is a Ngarrindjera/Kokatha woman from Raukkan, South Australia and Ceduna.
Karnage was one of the first pioneers of hip-hop in Alice Springs, performing with Central Mob when he was a teenager. He left to study music at CASM in Adelaide, where he met Darknis through the Adelaide hip-hop music scene. Since those early years he seen the hip-hop scene in Alice Springs grow until it now hosts regular visiting international hip-hop acts.
The lyrics of their songs often involve Aboriginal land rights, social issues and everyday struggle. Their first hit was ‘Only Tha Strong Survive’ was the title track from their debut album released in 2010. Since then they have performed at events such as Dreaming Festival in Qld, Spirit Festival in Adelaide and Inala Festival in Brisbane. They have supported such artists as Paul Kelly, Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, Archie Roach, Jessica Mauboy, as well as hip-hop legends like Naughty by Nature, Bone Thugs, Ja Rule, Scribe, Savage, K-rino and Outlaws. Recent performances include Spirit Festival in Adelaide and at Wide Open Space Festival in Central Australia.
Tristrum and Corinna have been together for nearly 16 years and have got two children. They write all their songs collaboratively, taking turns to bring a tune and spontaneously adding lyrics to the melodies they create. Both Tristrum and Corinna have conducted workshops for children, with Tristrum currently a community case worked for Territory Familes.
‘Cut Me’ featuring Kristal West, the first single from their upcoming album, was released 8 June 2017. Their second album ‘Muzik is 4eva’ is out now.
Northern Territory, Australia