Gawurra sings from the heart to tell his stories

February 14, 2018

AS A YOLNGU man hailing from the remote community of Milingimbi in the Northern Territory, Gawurra has quickly become one of Australia’s must-see acts.

Singing in his native Gupapuyngu tongue, Gawurra’s debut album Ratja Yaliyali has received immense praise from almost every music journalist in the country.

‘‘When we sing, especially in my language, we sing from the heart and tell stories through the music,’’ Gawurra said in a recent ABC interview.

‘‘It doesn’t matter if people don’t understand, you can listen and feel the spirit.’’

With a voice as powerful as it is emotive, Ratja Yaliyali received a number of accolades and Gawurra began touring the country in sold-out shows and with some of the biggest festivals.

Bringing his inimitable voice to the twin towns, festival-goers can expect nothing short of a compelling performance.

Combining indigenous and modern instruments, his native language and traditional totem imagery, Gawurra delivers a powerful performance that commands attention.

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