I can remember when the band Yothu Yindi first hit the airwaves in Australia many long years ago. The sound of the didgeridoo accompanying the Indigenous singers captivated me. The lead singer was a young man by the name of Gurrumul. Today I want to honour his memory and his music.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupinguwas an Indigenous Australian musician. Didgeridoo, drums, keyboards, a right hand guitar played upside down left-handed were his instruments. But above all else he was known for the clarity of his singing voice. He sang stories of his land in Yolŋu languages such as Gälpu, Gumatj or Djambarrpuynu, and also in English. Solo artist and band member, he was the most commercially successful Aboriginal Australian musician.
He died young – aged 46 – of liver and kidney disease in July 2017. Nine months after his death in April of 2018, his fourth album – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow – was…
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