Tag: Yidaki

Bali’s fake ‘Made in Australia’ boomerangs and didgeridoos robbing artists of a living

An undercover 60 Minutes investigation has exposed the Australian businesses importing fake Aboriginal artefacts from Indonesia to sell in Australian tourism stores.

The shocking exploitation of more than 40,000 years of indigenous culture has resulted in Aboriginal artists no longer being able to compete in the market – which was one of the largest remaining sources of independent income for indigenous communities.

Reporter Liam Bartlett began the investigation in the ancestral birthplace of the didgeridoo in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia.

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.

‘I feel better already’ says Prince Charles after spiritual blessing by didgeridoo master

The Prince of Wales declared he felt “better already” after being given a spiritual blessing by the world didgeridoo master in Australia.

On a tour of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre in Gove, which showcases the work of the area’s indigenous people, Charles took part in a Yidaki healing ceremony, where a didgeridoo was blown close to his chest.

World-renowned didgeridoo master Djalu Gurriwiwi performed the 30-second blessing, after which Charles smiled and said: “I feel better already!”

‘Didgeridoo is his voice’: how Djalu Gurruwiwi embodies the sound of a continent

The Indigenous elder revered by some as ‘Australia’s Dalai Lama’ is the spiritual keeper of the didgeridoo. A new exhibition honours his legacy and the immense significance of the Yolngu instrument that is helping to heal a divided country.

He is Djalu Gurruwiwi: a Yolngu elder and lawman from north-east Arnhem Land, a songster, healer, virtuoso and master craftsman of the yidaki (didgeridoo), as well as the instrument’s spiritual keeper. From up here he surveys his Australian Rules team, smiles and nods in approval as his players go through their pre-season paces, calling for the ball and kicking and marking, on this humid morning.