Baker Boy, real name Danzal Baker, makes his debut at the Woodford Folk Festival.
Baker Boy, real name Danzal Baker, makes his debut at the Woodford Folk Festival. Seanna Cronin

Australia's 'fresh new prince' of hip hop rocks Woodford

HE'S the hottest new voice in Australian music, and now Baker Boy can add rocking Woodford Folk Festival to his breakthrough year.

The 21-year-old Arnhem Land rapper, real name Danzal Baker, made his Woodfordia debut last night and is already keen to return next year.

"I love Woodford; I hope I get to come back here," he said.

"Far out it's huge. It has an amazing vibe, amazing people, amazing food. There is something about this place, it makes me feel like home."

A dancer, actor and artist, Danzal only made his debut as a rapper earlier this year with his songs Cloud 9 and Marryuna. Both feature lyrics in English and his native Yolngu Matha language.

Cloud 9

Thanks to regular airplay on Triple J, he is the first person to find mainstream success rapping in Yolngu Matha. In the Northern Territory he's been dubbed the 'fresh new prince'.

Brimming with infectious energy, Danzal combines his breakdancing and rapping skills on stage. Sitting or standing still at his shows isn't an option.

"At the Songlines (stage) there's chairs there and I said to myself 'I'm going to try to get people to throw their chairs away and we'll make a big circle where everyone can join me and break it down," he said.

"Marryuna means to dance for the fun of it, so everyone has to be dancing to it."


Danzal also treated festival-goers to a new song titled Mr Lah Dee Dah.

Mr Lah Dee Dah

"It's about all the fancy people going to football and stuff, whereas I'm like 'You mob do that. I've got my friends and family over here'," he said.

"It's inspired by real life… I just want to dance, have fun with family and friends, have barbecues, go fishing, play sports, all that stuff - the simple things."

With British rapper handpicking the rising talent to be his support act on his upcoming Australian tour in February, big things are in store for Danzal in 2018.

"It's the biggest honour to get," he said.

"It's incredible to be performing alongside (such) a big name. I can imagine the crowd and the big stage. I can't wait; I'm really pumped for it. I heard he's pretty cool and that he likes Marryuna so it would be cool if he came out (on stage) to dance (with me)."


Baker Boy plays Woodford Folk Festival's Songlines stage again tonight at 7pm.