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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Hailing from a fairly far-flung region, even by the standards of Australia's massive Arnhem Land, Gurrumul Yunupingu took up music early largely as a result of additional time spent with the family in church, a tangential result of being born blind. From the Yolngu people, Yunupingu took up with a relative's band, the influential Yothu Yindi, where he stayed as a keyboard player for seven years during the band's peak time. Eventually leaving to form his own group (the short-lived Saltwater), Yunupingu suddenly sprang upon the mainstream of Australia's listening audience in 2008, showcasing an aspect of Aboriginal music rarely, if ever, heard. Where other bands focus on the traditional instrumentation (clap sticks and didgeridoo), Yunupingu uses a soft double bass and an acoustic guitar. Where other bands may focus on the political aspects of the Aboriginal experience, Yunupingu tends toward a more personal accounting, and where other bands may infuse the music with huge amounts of energy to garner attention from listeners, Yunupingu instead uses a singer/songwriter approach combined with a piercing voice (though primarily singing in native languages). Indeed, it is the voice that has captured the attention of the majority of Yunupingu's fans and critics alike. 2008's self-titled solo release debuted at the number one position on Australia's ARIA independent charts, peaking at number three on the overall charts soon after. ~ Adam Greenberg
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Beautiful Wawa, you are a national icon and such an inspiration
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retatc
Saw a BBC article about his inaugural US tour; thought, "So who's THIS guy?" Listened to one song on YouTube and immediately opened my Pandora One to create a channel. I experienced the same calm and awe I felt the first time I heard "Brother Iz." Mr. Yunupingu has a gift.
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The most beautiful album released in oz. Check out his duet with Sting. An outback angel.
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tribaldancer 5 5
I first heard this artist on Pandora, and immediately downloaded his album from iTunes. I find his voice soothing and listen to him while I study, meditate, or just relax, I hope we hear more from him.
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Geoffrey's music is so calming it's almost like your in a trance of calmness! Beautiful voice :)
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He is aborigine from Australia and very well-known there. Australia does not have Pandora..... y e t !
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talakoni1
who is this artist - where is he from = what language is he singng in - he is wonderful. How can i find out more about him?
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NEVER heard him till now. Amazing! There IS always something new to discover!
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lisabregman
Thanks to NPR. A snippet of one of this amazing artist's songs was played between news segments on All Things Considered. Although I was in a car and the artist and song were not identified, the notes/tones were so alarmingly soothing, so traditionall y modern, it was worth the research to find out who it was.
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check out geoffrey yunupingu Amazing.

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njclark043
I have no idea what he is singing about in this Wiyathul song, but it speaks to my heart. Thanks to all who express so beautifully.

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