‘The Gurrumul Story’, Featuring Gurrumul’s Most Popular Songs, Announced |
The story of Gurrumulthe debut collection of Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter Gurrumul’s most enduring and popular songs, will be released on digital platforms, CD, Deluxe CD+DVD and vinyl on September 10, 2021.
Gurrumul (1971 – 2017) was born blind and raised, as a member of the Gumatj clan and speaker of the indigenous Yolngu language, on the island of Elcho (Galiwin’ku), off the tropical coast of north- east of Arnhem in northern Australia. Territory. His songs about identity and spirit, connecting with the earth, the elements and one’s ancestral beings, evoke feelings of peace and nostalgia. His voice bridged cultures and made him an unlikely star.
“Australia’s Most Important Voice”
Gurrumul first caught the world’s attention when he released his internationally acclaimed, self-titled debut album in 2008. His fragile yet uniquely emotive voice has connected with fans and stars around the world, including Elton John , will.i.am, Sting, Gary Barlow, Quincy Jones. and Stevie Wonder. Sting said he had “the voice of a higher being”, and Quincy Jones noted that it was “one of the most unusual, emotional, and musical voices I have ever heard”. rolling stone Australia said Gurrumul was “Australia’s most important voice”.
After a long battle with illness, Gurrumul passed away in 2017 at the age of 46. Gurrumul has won nine ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) awards, was posthumously named Australian Artist of the Year in 2018 and has sold half a million albums worldwide.
Includes alternate versions of Gurrumul’s most popular songs
The story of Gurrumul includes alternate versions of two of his most popular songs. “Wiyathul (Longing For Place)” is a new orchestral arrangement of “Wiyathul”, the song that captivated him into the spotlight in 2008. The accompanying new video (the song’s first official music video) has been released. filmed at his home on Elcho Island. and features local dancers performing the lyrics through their totem dance.
The story of Gurrumul also includes a rare duet version of ‘Bayini’, from his second album Rrakalafeaturing Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko.
The Deluxe CD+DVD edition of The story of Gurrumul features a 25-minute documentary on Gurrumul’s rise to fame and four studio albums along with a selection of music videos including “Wiyathul (Longing For Place)”.
The story of Gurrumul will be released on September 10, 2021 and can be pre-ordered here.
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