One of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal musicians, Dr G Yunupingu, has been remembered as someone who overcame great shyness due to his blindness to skyrocket to international stardom.

Dr G Yunupingu died in July at age 46 following a near-lifelong struggle with liver and kidney disease, after contracting hepatitis as a child.

Blind from birth, the singer — from the remote community of Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island, 500 kilometres east of Darwin — shot to stardom in 2008, winning an ARIA Award for his namesake album.

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