Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu


Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Born: 1970
Origin: Galwin'ku (Elcho Island)
Occupations: Musician
Genres: Folk
Years Active: 1988 - Present
Labels: Skinnyfish Music
Associated Acts: Yothu Yindi
 Saltwater Band
Website: www.gurrumul.com



Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu


Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (born 1970) is an Indigenous Australian musician, who sings in the Yolngu language.
He was born in Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island), off the coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia about 350 miles from Darwin. He is from the Gumatj clan of the Yolngu and his mother from the Galpu nation. He was born blind, has never learned Braille and does not have a guide dog or use a white cane. Yunupingu speaks only a few words of English, and is said to be acutely shy.
He plays drums, keyboards, guitar (a right hand-strung guitar left-handed) and didgeridoo, but it is the clarity of his singing voice that has attracted rave reviews. He sings stories of his land in both languages (Galpu, Gumatj or Djambarrpuynu, all Yolnu Matha) and English. Formerly with Yothu Yindi, he is now with Saltwater Band.
In 2008 Yunupingu was nominated for four ARIA awards, winning the awards for Best World Music Album He also won three Deadlys, winning for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Gurrumul and Single of the Year for "Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind)".
In November 2008, he was named 'Best New Independent Artist', and his album, Gurrumul, 'Best Independent Album' and 'Best Australian Independent Blues/Roots Album'. In January 2009, his song, "Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind)", was featured on the British TV Show, Skins.
In 2009 a portrait of Gurrumul by Guy Maestri won Australia's major art prize, The Archibald Prize. Visit Geoffrey's website Here.






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Emma Donovan


is an Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter. She is a member of the renowned Australian musical family the Donovan family. She started her singing career at age seven with her uncle's band, The Donovans. In 2000 she became a founding member of Stiff Gins, leaving the band three years later to release the solo album Changes in 2004. She performs with The Black Arm Band, and released a solo EP, Ngaaraanga, in 2009

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