Baker Boy, Gurrumul big winners at National Indigenous Music Awards

For the second year, the late Gumatj singer, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, was posthumously honoured at the National Indigenous Music Awards (Nimas), with three major awards including artist of the year.

His recently released Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) picked up album of the year and its title track won song of the year at the awards.

Djarimirri was the first Indigenous language album to debut at number one on the Aria charts earlier this year.

“The history he has made taking a true Australian language and heritage to number one proves the strength of the underlying cultural identity of this nation,” Michael Hohnen, creative director at his label Skinnyfish Music said at the time.

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Baker Boy to headline inaugural Giiyong Festival

Triple J Unearthed winner of 2017, Baker Boy (AKA Danzal Baker), will headline the inaugural Giiyong Festival at Jigamy on September 22.

The Indigenous hip-hop artist from Arnhem Land has two Hottest 100 hits to his name, has performed at the National Indigenous Music Awards, and supported international acts 50 Cent and Dizzee Rascal. He’ll head to the Far South Coast fresh from his first Australian tour.

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Ripple Effect is the all-female Arnhem Land rock band making waves for women in music

Ripple Effect is a group of seven Maningrida women led by manager Jodie Kell, who is based in Sydney but has lived in the West Arnhem community.

Its songs switch between a handful of Indigenous languages and members swap instruments between songs.

And while an eight-person Indigenous girl group is something of a rarity, the formula seems to be working; it’s grabbing the attention of tastemakers, getting some airtime on triple j, and will release an EP in coming months.

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Gurrumul (PG) – Film Review

Opening in cinemas at the same time as his final album tops the ARIA charts, this documentary offers an intimate look at the life of Gurrumul – the singer with an angelic voice who raised awareness of Yolngu culture around the world.

The contrast between crass commercial exploitation of musicians in the search for fame and record sales, and a genuine artist who was connected with his people, culture and country, is clearly documented. To see Gurrumul live was a heartwarming, exceptional experience because you knew you were in the presence of genius.

Gurrumul is a film for everyone, just as his music is: it is a film about triumph over adversity and the existence of hope in tragedy. It provides a glimpse of how respect for Indigenous culture may lead to a renewed relationship between the non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians, something which can only come from a true recognition, understanding and valuing of Indigenous people and culture.

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Gurrumul’s final gift: Australia’s most original recording?

Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) is released on Skinnyfish Music today.

It is the result of five years of work and unlike any previous Australian recording. It’s a synthesis of ancient Aboriginal chants, modern orchestral minimalism and the complex rhythmic patterns of Elcho Island’s yidaki (the Yolgnu word for didgeridoo) playing.

It is a unique and hugely significant contribution to Australian music.

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Dhapanbal Yunupingu will sing songs at the National Folk Festival

The daughter of one of Australia’s best-known Indigenous musicians is making her festival debut at the National Folk Festival as a solo artist.

Dhapanbal Yunupingu, 35, is the third of six daughters of Dr M Yunupingu, the lead singer of Yothu Yindi.

“I’m going to play some of my original songs including my single Mari Wurrapa [Grandmother Whale],” she said. She will also sing some Yothu Yindi numbers arranged for her voice.

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Black Panther’s universe features an ‘independent Wales’

Black Panther has been praised for the positive image it presents of Africa through the fictional country of Wakanda.

The film has also got viewers excited over another country it seemingly paints in an empowering light.

When Wakanda’s King T’Challa presents at the United Nations, he stands on stage alongside a Welsh flag.

It’s left viewers wondering whether Wales is independent in this Marvel universe.

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Gurrumul’s life documented in new film

WHEN documenting the life of blind indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu, an “enormous amount of research” was required, according to director Paul Williams.

Gurrumul is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those close to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.

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