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 la- bel 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.
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’s debut album Nutches (Pronounced Nu-tches (‘u’ as in Put), was released in 2008; and re-issued through Elefant Traks in 2011.
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 and many more. After being invited by Paul Kelly to appear on the Cannot Buy My Soul – Tribute to Kev Carmody compilation, they played an important role in the triumphant shows at the State Theatre and Brisbane’s River Stage. TLK won legions of new fans after being invited by The Herd to be main support on their sold out national tour of 2008.
It was the morning after the last show of that tour that may be TLK’s defining moment. They were involved in a horrific car accident after 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 in early 2009 and have not looked back. This year they have performed with Arrested Development, John Butler and the SCG for a Sydney Swans AFL match.
Their track ‘I Can’ has been selected to feature in a series of health promotion video ads that will run for the next
two years. They have recently worked with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to assist them in encouraging greater participation in this years’ Census and were contracted by Department of NSW Health to facilitate workshops in nine different communities within NSW as part of the Hep Hop Campaign, raising awareness about Hepatitis C, a project that will roll over into 2012.
They won Band of the Year and Single of the Year at the 2011 Deadlys, adding to their tally of Most
Outstanding Achievement in Hip Hop/R&B in 2009 and 2010, and Nay’s Best Female Deadly in 2010. That same year TLK teamed up with Elefant Traks and will release their highly anticipated second album The Next of Kin (October 28, 2011), after the release of their singles ‘Are We There Yet?’ and ‘Happy People.’
The Last Kinection has always had a community focus, providing leadership and mentorship through workshops and appearances, covering health, education and music. Not only are they role models, but they’re pro-active in inspiring people from all walks of life in a positive way.