• Name: Christine Anu
• Born: 15 March 1970 (age 43)
• Occupations: Singer/Songwriter & Actress
• Orign: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
• Genre: Pop
• Years active: 1992 - Present
• Labels: Independent
began performing as a dancer and later went on to sing back-up vocals for The Rainmakers, which included Neil Murray of the Warumpi Band.
Her first recording was in 1993 with "Last Train", dance remake of a Paul Kelly song. The follow-up, "Monkey and the Turtle", was based on a traditional story. After "My Island Home", she released her first album, Stylin' Up which went platinum, and also gained her a position as a spokeswoman for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
In 1995, Neil Murray won an Australasian Performing Right Association songwriting award for writing "My Island Home". Christine Anu won an ARIA Award for best female recording artist as well as a Deadly Sounds National Aboriginal & Islander Music Awards Award in 1996 for best female artist.
Baz Luhrmann asked her to sing on the song "Now Until the Break of Day" on his Something for Everybody album. It was released as a single and the video then won another ARIA award and led to her being cast in Moulin Rouge!.
It took five years for a follow - up to Stylin' Up to be released; 2000's Come My Way made her a mainstream star. The single "Sunshine On A Rainy Day" was a Top 40 hit for 13 weeks in Australia. Come My Way went gold. In 2000 she sang the song "My Island Home" at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Anu has been nominated for 16 ARIA Awards.
On 26 September 2010, she released a new digital only single, "Come Home". This is her first solo single since 2003.
Christine Anu appeared on television in 2012, in the Australian sci-fi television series Outland, about a gay sci-fi fan club. Anu plays wheelchair using Rae, the sole female member of the group.
Christine Anu is mother of three children, Wayne, Kuiam and Zipporah. Anu married her childhood sweetheart, Simon Deutrom.
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Yothu Yindi lead singer Mandawuy Yunupingu has died overnight at his home in the Northern Territory.
The former Australian of the Year, who was 56, died at his home in Yirrkala in Eastern Arnhem Land.
He had been fighting kidney disease for several years. Yunupingu brought his local people, the Yolngu people, and Indigenous issues to a national stage with his musical career. He co-founded Yothu Yindi in 1986, and was the band's lead singer and most prominent personality.
He broke records throughout his life, becoming the first Indigenous Australian from Arnhem Land to gain a university degree..
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