Young Australian Of The Year's Message: 'Stay Strong, Stay Beautiful, Stay Respect'
Indigenous rapper Baker Boy was named 2019 Young Australian of the Year. So who is the man behind the mane and the catchy name?
He is 22 years old, and his real name is Danzal Baker.
The Darwin-based musician, who was raised in northeast Arnhem Land, is the first Indigenous artist to have achieved mainstream success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.
The rapper and dancer achieved musical success in his native language, coming 17th in Triple J’s Hottest 100 2017 and a notable follow-up from his debut single Cloud 9 -- which won Triple J's Unearthed competition the same year.
Baker spoke in an Indigenous language before sending a message to Australia's indigenous and non-indigenous youth.
"With love and respect, we have the power to shape the future and make Australia a place where we all are proud, where we all belong and where we stand united," Baker told the ceremony.
The chair of the Australia Day Council, Danielle Roche, said Baker was a “dedicated advocate who inspires young Indigenous Australians to embrace their heritage”.
Baker has signed a record deal with Select Music and was the support act for English rapper Dizzee Rascal on his Australian tour last year.
He also won the prestigious Charles Darwin University Art Award at the Northern Territory Young Achievers Awards in 2018.
Expect to hear more from Baker very soon as the Young Australian of the Year is set to release his album in August.
Watch Baker Boy on The Sunday Project this Sunday at 6.30pm.