Desert Stars

Tjuntjuntjara (homeland of the Spinifex People), Western Australia

Band members: James Ronald Minning (vocals, lead guitar, songwriter), Justin Currie (bass guitar), Derick Coleman (lead guitar), Milton Hansen (rhythm guitar), Troy Franks (drums).

Desert Stars sing in Pitjantjatjarra. They might be the most remote rock and roll band in the world.


Album formats explained Explain formats

  • 10": 10 inch vinyl records were played at 45 or 33 1/3 rounds per minute (rpm). The former could hold 9, the latter 12 minutes of music per side.
  • 7": 7 inch records (often referred to as 45s) were played at 45 rpm or 33 1/3 rpm, with about 4:30 or 6 minutes of music per side.
  • LP: Long play, is a vinyl record played at ​33 1⁄3 rpm with a 12 or 10-inch diameter.
  • EP: Extended play, are vinyl records that allowed two or even three songs on each side.

The Desert Stars

  1. Tjamuku ngurangka
  2. Believe in Dreamtime
  3. Motherland
  4. People from the bush
  5. Bushfire
  6. Tjitiji Ulanyi
  7. Desert rain
  8. Our homeland
  9. Rain rain
  10. Ngura Kalgoorlie-la
  11. Boomerang

Ngurra Nyangatja (Our Home)

28 May 2016
  1. Ngurra Nyangatja (Our Home)

With this track on the album Sounds of the Goldfields Desert Stars were a finalist in the 2017 West Australian Music Song of the Year awards in the Indigenous category.

Mungangka Ngaranyi? (It's on Tonight?)

June 2017

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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, Desert Stars, <>, retrieved 8 July 2020

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