B2M Is Indigenous Australia's Answer To The Backstreet Boys

They're a boy band with a plan.

14/10/2016 11:32 AM AEDT | Updated 14/10/2016 5:09 PM AEDT
Interview: Cayla Dengate. Shot & Edited: Emily Verdouw

Just like the Backstreet Boys or Boys2Men, Tiwi Islands group B2M create insanely catchy pop and r'n'b songs.

Yet their lyrics aren't about romance.

As lead singer Jeffrey 'Yellow' Simon says, "There are too many love songs in the world already".

Rather, B2M's songs are a message in disguise for the younger generations growing up in their Northern Territory island home.

To a pop beat, the band, which stands for Bathurst 2 Melville -- the two main islands in the Tiwis -- warn against taking drugs, about how domestic violence affects a community and, in the phenomenal song Parlingarri, traditional Tiwi chants are miked with a modern beat.

Yellow said it was a rush to see the kids in Tiwi singing their songs, but now when they play in Darwin, they're mobbed by people from all ages and backgrounds, and they're off to Taiwan on tour this month.

"It just shows music is the universal language," he said.

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