In August 2002 the Song 'Down River' became an overnight hit. Five boys aged 8 to 12, had recorded their own rap lines to a simple didjeridoo beat and it struck a chord in the hearts of music lovers across Australia.
The boys became known as the Wilcannia Mob when the song hit high rotation and the media came looking for the new 'boy band' from far western NSW. Till then they'd been just a bunch of passionate kids having fun at a holiday workshop.In December 2002, after an almost 1000km drive, the boys took centre-stage in front of 20,000 fans at the Homebake Music Festival inSydney and the following year they took home The Deadlys Single of theYear.
The Wilcannia Mob’s own name for themselves is the Barkandji* Boys.Barkandji is the Aboriginal language group of the area of Australiathat includes Wilcannia. Another spelling is “paakandji”.