Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
'the definitive Australian folk record of our times.' - Chris Johnston, The Age
"Rrakala" is out now!!! Buy on iTunes here (also available at all good record stores)
Winner of Best World Music Album at the 2011 ARIA Artisian Awards.
Rrakala debued at #3 on the ARIA charts.
Titled 'Rrakala'; a sub-group of people within the Gumatj clan, Gurrumul’s songwriting and choice of songs reflects deeper into his Aboriginal identity.
It follows in the footsteps of the multi ARIA award winning double platinum debut album released in February 2008 and which has gone on to sell half a million copies world-wide.
Rrakala was released in the UK during the latter part of 2011.
Sting - 'the sound of a higher being'
Rolling Stone Magazine - 'Australia's most important voice'
Kathleen Noonan - 'Gurrumul will change the way you breathe.'
Bruce Elder - '...you will surrender to the greatest voice this continent has ever recorded'
First Album Release
With the release of this, his first solo album, Geoffrey highlights the tremendous talent he has to offer Indigenous music in Australia, and indeed, the world.
1. Wiyathul | 2. Djarimirri | 3. Bapa | 4. Gurrumul History (I was born blind) | 5. Marrandil | 6. Marwurrumburr | 7. Galiku | 8. Baywara | 9. Gathu Mawula | 10. Galupa | 11. Wirrpanu | 12. Wukun
- NEW RELEASE - Gurrumul and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra ‘HIS LIFE AND MUSIC’ Album available December 6
Gurrumul and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra are thrilled to announce the release of ‘His Life And Music’. Recorded Live at the Sydney Opera House in May 2013 as part of the Vivid Festival, ‘His Life And Music’ captures the artistic spirit of one of the nation’s most extraordinary artists, and will be released physically and digitally on December 6.
The live recording features Gurrumul as you have never heard him before, in a world-first collaboration with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing a collection of songs from his award winning albums. Also included on the album are introductions from Gurrumul’s family that provide a rare insight into the people, the country and the stories behind some of his most popular songs.
Blind from birth, Gurrumul is a member of the Gumatj clan of Elcho Island, off the coast of tropical North East Arnhem Land. He quickly became known for singing about identity, spirit and connection with the land, its elements and his ancestors. Gurrumul first came to attention when he released his eponymous self-titled debut album in 2008, to international acclaim. It sold half a million copies worldwide, reaching triple platinum in Australia earning him fans as diverse and well-known as Elton John, will.i.am and Sting.
“Australia’s most important voice” – Rolling Stone
Gurrumul and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra | “His Life And Music” | Available December 6, 2013
Don't miss "Gurrumul. His Life And Music" concert featuring the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, 8th March Perth - TICKETS ON SALE 9.00am MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER from www.ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100
- Gurrumul to perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Perth, 8th March 2014
Chugg Entertainment & Mellen Events announced today that multi-ARIA award-winning Indigenous artist, Gurrumul will perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Kings Park & Botanic Garden on Saturday, 8 March. His special guests will be Christine Anu and Dewayne Everettsmith.
This extraordinary musical event will present a live account of Gurrumul’s life, voiced through song, film and the storytelling of his people.
Backed by the classical strength of West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), Gurrumul will perform new works of simplicity and power from his third studio album, alongside re-arranged and reinterpreted music (orchestrated by Erkki Veltheim) from his previous album releases. Gurrumul and his band will be joined by WASO and multi media narration from clan members of the Northeast Arnhem land. WASO will be conducted by Iain Grandage.
Declared “Australia’s most important voice” by Rolling Stone magazine and recently named at the top of the Australian Financial Review’s Cultural Power list, this blind-born musician hailing from an island off the north coast of Arnhem land, has produced soulful, resonant songs for over two decades. From his time with Yothu Yindi to his celebrated solo release, Gurrumul has been an integral part of our nation’s musical landscape, singing gentle songs of wonder that invoke the stories of his people, the Yolngu, with the powerful spirit of his ancestry.
Affecting and inspiring, ‘Gurrumul – His Life and Music’ is an intimate and unprecedented insight into one of Australia’s most treasured artists. It had its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House in May to standing ovations and 5-star reviews.
“His songs resonated powerfully… there was so much beauty in this concert that it was easy to be moved to tears.” – The Daily Telegraph
“...his performance is immediately magnificent, its impact intensified by a sense of the generous energies involved for such an introverted artist” - The Guardian
“An aunty tells us Gurrumul is special because he was born ‘covered with rainbow’ and, as he begins singing, his voice just lightly caressed by violins, her words are proved true” - Sydney Morning Herald
“The union had the effect of a chemical reaction, sending a glorious explosion of sound towards the Opera House rafters” - The Australian
Christine Anu will be Gurrumul’s special performance guest on the evening, as will emerging singer songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith.
Dewayne has been described as “a uniquely gifted singer with hints of the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johhny Nash” (Sydney Morning Herald).
Mellen Events is proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the Make Smoking History message – and are delighted to deliver all our events smoke free.
Don’t miss this extraordinary evening of spellbinding talent.
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Photos courtesy of Prudence Upton - Sydney Opera House concert of 'Gurrumul. His Life and Music' featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, May 2013.
- Gurrumul Tops Cultural Power List: Unveils The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation
Named today at the top of the Australian Financial Review’s Cultural Power list, Gurrumul Yunupingu has officially launched the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation.
Gurrumul Yunupingu is an internationally recognised singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who is a powerful role model for young Indigenous people. Adding to a long list of incredible career achievements, he has now fostered the development of a foundation that will continue supporting a legacy of Aboriginal knowledge, achievement and opportunity.
The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation’s vision is to provide indigenous youth (particularly those in remote communities) with opportunities to participate and achieve success. It will fulfill its goals through supporting activities that target young people, assisting them to discover and build on their strengths, develop greater personal skills, and deliver meaningful and relevant opportunities - helping to find pride and place as future leaders in their communities. Building on the strength of traditional culture, artistic skill and love of sport, Gurrumul’s foundation looks to support programs in these areas over a sustained period of time.
The Foundation was conceived by Gurrumul while overseas in early 2012.
“Gurrumul came to us when we were in the US in early 2012 and wanted to discuss his idea,” said friend, musical collaborator and foundation board member Michael Hohnen. “In the previous twelve months we’d released his second platinum album, met the Queen, toured the world and were soon to perform for and meet Barack Obama. Gurrumul questioned us on why he had these opportunities while so many Yolngu struggled to find a quality path in mainstream life.”
The first pledge of support for the Foundation has come from Delta Goodrem, musicians of the Sydney Symphony and Gurrumul himself who collaborated to perform and record ‘Bayini Live’ on ‘The Voice’ earlier this year. The single ‘Bayini Live’ was the first top five hit ever in an Indigenous language and all proceeds from downloads are donated to the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation.
The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation is planning launch activities to be held around Australia in early 2014 but is now open for business and welcoming founding philanthropic supporters.
To donate visit: www.gurrumulfoundation.org.au/donate
For more information, contact Executive Officer Penelope Arrow on email@example.com or 08 8941 9066
Purchase your copy of Bayini Live and support the Foundation on iTunes.
- Gurrumul Releases Maralitja – A Tribute To Yothu Yindi
On the eve of the National Indigenous Music Awards, national treasure Gurrumul Yunupingu is releasing a new single ‘Maralitja – A Tribute To Yothu Yindi” as a tribute to the man he called “wawa” or “brother”, Dr Yunupingu.
The song was a favourite of Dr Yunupingu, originally from Yothu Yindi’s multiplatinum album “Tribal Voice” and will be performed with the original band and Gurrumul this Saturday at the National Indigenous Music Awards. Dr Yunupingu heard Gurrumul’s version last year at the ARIA Hall of Fame inductions, and his family have vetted the release.
“The passing of Dr. Yunupingu was significant to Gurrumul, and there is an enormous level of respect there – of what he stood for, the history he has created, and also what they achieved together” said friend and musical collaborator Michael Hohnen. “He loved that man for many reasons but remembers this song “Maralitja Man” or “Crocodile Man” as a sharing of an identity with which they were both born – the identity of the saltwater crocodile”.
Upon his brother’s passing, Gurrumul released the statement “I respect him....and I love him.... And I miss him”, one of the few times the singer has made a public statement other than via his songs since his journey in music began with his role in Yothu Yindi.
The winner of ten previous NIMAs, Gurrumul is pleased to be performing at Saturday’s event where he is also up for National Artist of the Year. He also holds two nominations for Song of the Year for his collaboration with Yolanda Be Cool and Flume on “A Baru In New York” and his stunning duet with Delta Goodrem “Bayini” which he performed earlier this year on The Voice, topping the iTunes charts and becoming the first Indigenous language release to hit the ARIA top five singles.
Gurrumul is also nominated for Act of the Year at the 2013 Deadly Awards to be held at the Sydney Opera House this September.
MARALITJA – A TRIBUTE TO YOTHU YINDI IS RELEASED THROUGH ITUNES ON AUGUST 9 THROUGH SKINNYFISH MUSIC
GURRUMUL PERFORMS AT THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT IN DARWIN