Open Scars and Ceenah triumph at battle


Indie rock band Open Scars was named top band at the NT Music School’s Battle of the School Bands finale.

During the contest’s 10th anniversary, the group of three Darwin High School students — Michael South, Jack Fredericks and Zoë Bailey — were threatened only by Sanderson Middle School band runner-up, Oblivion.

The trio is derived from other school bands, and their sound is described as a diverse experience of various rock sub-genres.
Zoe, who is a strong vocalist and master of acoustic percussion and guitar, is balanced by Michael and Jack in their shared rhythm and lead electric guitar roles.

Beginning in pubs and open microphone nights, the band made their debut at the First Sunday Blues in February 2019.

In the Soloist/Duo section, Centralian Senior College’s Ceenah (pictured) eclipsed Casuarina Senior College’s Tali Rain, Phoebe Wear from Darwin High School, Nhulunbuy High School’s, Ross, and Jayna and Joanne from Casuarina Senior College and Darwin High School respectively.

The 16-year-old singer, otherwise known as Riana Naufahu, has written her musical signature in reggae, soul, and rhythm and blues.

She has been very successful in outshining competitors, collecting the Soloist/Duo crown as a first time entrant in 2018, and progressing to partner Brisbane rock band Dune Rats, Melbourne rapper Illy, and singer-songwriter Paul Kelly at last year’s BASSINTHEGRASS.

Of her music, Ceenah has said: “I chose to be a lone performer so that through my music I can inspire teenage girls to dream big, and in believing anything is possible, make their dreams come true.”

Numbulwar School Band won Best Song for their submission This is the Truth. The People’s Choice Credit Union People’s Choice Award was claimed by Soloist/Duo runner-up, Jayna and Joanne.

The winners will perform at the BASSINTHEGRASS on 18 May.


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