Monday, March 23, 2009

Musical Monday - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Voice of an Angel

It's been a long while since I posted a "Musical Monday" [in fact the last was way back on 5th November 2007]  but this man is an exceptional talent and deserves to be heard around the world.   Maybe this little blog will help that in some way.
I am a little ashamed to say that I have not heard of this bloke before.   Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is the Northern Territory's 2009 Australian of the Year.  Born blind he is a remarkable talent.  
The bio on his website states -
Gurrumul [his traditional name] is a member of the Gumatj clan of north east Arnhemland and it is the songs and stories of the Gumatj clan that Gurrumul sublimely adapts into contemporary song styles. At the age of 15 he was identified as a young and extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and joined the ARIA Award winning band Yothu Yindi where he played an integral role until 1992. Currently a member of the hugely talented Saltwater Band he has contributed greatly to the Indigenous music industry which was recognised again this year at the NT Indigenous Music Awards where he was awarded the Album of the Year and Song of the Year 2008. Recently he has earned the attention of the mainstream music scene in Australia and has been nominated for several 2008 ARIA Awards including the coveted Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. His debut self-titled album Gurrumul released in February 2008 has received exceptional worldwide reviews and is set to attain GOLD status in Australia before the year ends. Gurrumul has come onto the international music industry radar where he has received an abundance of media interested and recently the album entered the European World Music Chart at number 8 – September 2008.

Have a listen and I hope you enjoy his voice and playing as much as I have.

1 comment:

Silverlight, Canada said...

Just wanted to post my 2 cents worth. What an amazing artist, is this. I've read many descriptions of him, but I think the most appropriate was "being a maker of music and possessing a voice of transcendental beauty".
Incredible is all I can say; loved him from the first moment I ever heard him sing. Also have tickets to see him live in Amsterdam in 2 weeks- I can't wait!!