Karnage N Darknis are a hip-hop duo from Alice Springs who have been writing and performing since 2008. Karnage (Tristrum Watkins) is a Western Arrernte man from Hermannsburg (130km west of Alice Springs). Darknis (Corinna Hall) is a Ngarrindjera/Kokatha woman from Raukkan, South Australia and Ceduna.
Karnage was one of the first hip-hop artists in Alice Springs, performing with Central Mob when he was a teenager. He left to study music at CASM in Adelaide, where he met Darknis through the Adelaide hip-hop music scene. Since those early years he seen the hip-hop scene in Alice Springs grow until it now hosts regular visiting international hip-hop acts.
The lyrics of their songs often involve Aboriginal land rights, social issues and everyday struggle. Their first hit was ‘Only Tha Strong Survive’ was the title track from their debut album released in 2010. Since then they have performed at events such as Dreaming Festival in Qld, Spirit Festival in Adelaide and Inala Festival in Brisbane. They have supported such artists as Paul Kelly, Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, Archie Roach, Jessica Mauboy, as well as hip-hop legends like Naughty by Nature, Bone Thugs, Ja Rule, Scribe, Savage, K-rino and Outlaws. Recent performances include Spirit Festival in Adelaide and at Wide Open Space Festival in Central Australia.
Karnage N Darknis are currently recording their latest album at CAAMA Studios set for release later this year.