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multi-instrumentalist, spoken word artist, music and documentary producer.
She is most known for being the first female music artist to receive national recognition in Australia for a Hip Hop and Dancehall performance as a guest artist on the Christine Anu (ARIA award winning Australian indigenous singer and songwriter) and Paul Kelly (a prolific ARIA Award winning Australian folk singer and songwriter), 1994 ARIA nominated, single, “The Last Train“. Later she was both a writer and guest performer on Anu’s award winning 1995 ARIA Best Indigenous Release and ARIA Platinum Album, Stylin Up.Nelson was a well known local Sydney live independent spoken word artist and producer before she met Christine Anu, whilst acting in a cast of eight, alongside Christine Anu and Barry Otto (AFI Awarded Australian actor), in the 1993 musical theatrical production The Trials of Brother Jero  written by Nigerian Nobel Prize playwright Wole Soyinka.
Before “The Last Train’s” success in 1994, she was known for her work in Australian dance music TV and radio. She was one of the first music artists to be a reporter and assistant producer on the first Australian dance music show SBS TV’s ‘MC TEE VEE‘ and Alternative Arts Show ‘The Noise‘ (produced by one of Australia’s prolific TV producers, Annette Shun Wah). Her MC Tee Vee interviews included The Beastie Boys,Lucky Dube and others.
At the age of 19 years, she co-produced, with Jaslyn Hall(Triple J and Womadelaide producer), the 1990 Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio documentary ‘Women on the Rhyme‘ the first ABC radio documentary about Australian female hip hop artists. This documentary featured interviews with Charlene (Def Wish Cast), No.1 Jamaican & US female Dancehall artist Shelly Thunder, New Zealand Hip Hop Group Moana and the Moahunters and others.
– MC Opi contributed to Anu’s debut album Stylin’ Up, which attained platinum status in Australia and won the ARIA Award for Best Indigenous Album. Following the winning of the award, Anu invited MC Opi to perform with her on the first ‘Australian Jail Tour’ as part of NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week in 1993 in order to raise awareness about indigenous deaths in custody