Music Break: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Wiyathul

July 30, 2017

Washington Post:

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, a blind Aboriginal musician renowned for singing in his native Yolngu language with a heart-rending voice, died July 25 in Darwin, Australia. He was 46.

His recording label, Darwin-based Skinnyfish Music, announced the death but did not disclose the cause.

Mr. Yunupingu is now referred to by local media as Dr. G. Yunupingu because of cultural sensitivities among northern Australian Aborigines for naming the dead.

“Yunupingu is remembered today as one of the most important figures in Australian music history, blind from birth and emerging from the remote Galiwin’ku community on Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land to sell over half a million copies of his albums across the world, singing in his native Yolngu language,” the statement said.


15 Responses to “Music Break: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Wiyathul”

  1. vierotchka Says:

    He reminds me a bit of Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoʻole who died in 1997.

    • Mike Male Says:

      “a bit”? Just as well you put that little clarifier in because those who look beyond superficial similarities can see the overwhelming differences between the two. HINT: It has to do with 60000 years of cultural history. Stick to shallow pro-Russian bullshit propaganda. That’s what you are good at.

      • vierotchka Says:

        As a musician and singer, I can hear some definite similarities in their voices – something which you obviously are not equipped to do. You really don’t need to be such an asshole. You truly are a very thick little pilchard. Time you were shoved back in your tin!

        • dumboldguy Says:

          The usual asinine vulgarities from Putin’s own version of “The Mooch” rather than a substantive answer to M M’s intelligent comment . Why am I not surprised?

  2. Being left handed, he learned from an early age to just play a “standard” guitar upside down rather than have it restrung to suit left handed playing.

    A brilliant musician who will be sadly missed…

  3. Mike Male Says:

    Thank you for this.

  4. andrewfez Says:

    Some folk music from a place a little closer to Greenland:

  5. I had the pleasure of hearing Dr G live in concert and he really did leave the audience in tears.

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