National Indigenous Music Awards 2013
- Special Recognition Award
University of Sydney
- Honorary Doctorate of Music
Australian Music Prize 2012
2011 ARIA End of Year Charts
- Rrakala finishes at No 6
2011 ARIA Awards
- Best Blues/Roots album - Rrakala
2011 Deadly Awards
- Album of year for Rrakala
- Male Artist of the year
2011 National Indigenous Music Awards
- Act of the Year
- Album of year for Rrakala
- Song of the Year for Gathu Mawula with Blue King Brown
- NT DVD / Film Clip of the Year for Gathu Mawula with Blue King Brown
- NT Cover Artwork of the Year for Rrakala
Helpmann Award 2009
- Best Australian Contemporary Concert
APRA Award 2009
- Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Deadly Awards 2009
- Male Artist of The Year
AIR Awards 2008
- Best Independent Album
- Best New Independent Artist
- Best Australian Independent Blues/Roots Album
Deadly Awards 2008
- Best Independent Release
- Best World Music Album
Limelight Awards 2008
- Best World Music Achievement
- Best Newcomer
NT Indigenous Music Awards 2008
- Act of the Year
- Album of the Year
- Song of the Year (Wiyathul)
- Artwork and Design of the Year
Australia Day Awards 2008
- Northern Territory Australian of the Year
|Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu|
|Wednesday, 14 October 2009 00:00|
Gurrumul is an enigma in the Australian music industry.
Born blind, Gurrumul grew up as a member of the Gumatj clan on Elcho Island, off the coast of tropical North East Arnhemland. His fragile but powerfully emotive voice has affected the public in a way no other artist has done in this country. This unique Aboriginal man sings songs about identity, spirit and connection with the land, its elements and the ancestral beings he is related to. His high tenor voice and aura-like persona creates emotion, compassion and a feeling of peacefulness and longing with audiences in Australia and around the world.
In today’s world where the media and the music industries are based around hype, fashion and disposable artists, Gurrumul has emerged as unique celebrity, who will ‘change the way you breathe’ (Brisbane Courier Mail, 2008) and change the way people listen to and experience his Yolngu cultural world through an accessible Western music style.
Gurrumul first came to attention when he released his eponymous debut to international claim. His angelic voice connected with listeners worldwide including Elton John, will.I.am and Sting who are big fans. The debut album ‘Gurrumul’ has sold half a million copies worldwide, reaching Triple Platinum in Australia, his second solo album ‘Rralaka’ released in April 2011 has hit Platinum, and the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine declared Gurrumul “Australia’s Most Important Voice” (Rolling Stone, April 2011).
Gurrumul has performed for HRH The Queen of England, US President Barack Obama, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, in addition to being one of only two Australian performers at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, confirming this multi ARIA award-winning musician’s place as an international star, capable of transcending cultural boundaries.
Career Highlights & Australian Industry Awards:
2014 Mar: Perth première of the concert ‘Gurrumul. His Life and Music’ - a cultural and musical account of his unique life, voiced through song, film and the storytelling of his people, backed by the orchestral strength of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, supported by Christine Anu.
2014 Feb: Adelaide première of the concert ‘Gurrumul. His Life and Music’ - backed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, supported by Kate Cebrano.
2013 Dec: First live album - Gurrumul and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. ‘His Life and Music’ recorded live at the Sydney Opera House was released and debuted in the ARIA top 50.
2013 Oct: Performance at the public launch of ABC award winning TV series Redfern Now, held at The Block in Redfern, Sydney.
2013 Oct: Performance for the Danish Royal Crown Couple during their official visit to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House
2013 Oct: Gurrumul is named Number One on the Australian Financial Review’s Cultural Power List “(Gurrumul)..comes from such a deep part in our culture.. English is not his first language.. .. an ancestry and soulfulness that’s pretty much without peer in the music of any culture of the moment” Vallentine. AFR Judging Panel 2013.
2013 Oct: The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation is launched with a vision is to provide support for indigenous youth in remote communities, continuing a legacy of Aboriginal knowledge, achievement and opportunity
2013 Oct: Melbourne première of ‘Gurrumul. His Life and Music’ - backed by the orchestral strength of Philharmonia Australia and held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowel to an audience of approx 6000, supported by Sarah Blasko and presented by Melbourne Festival.
2013 Oct: Headline performer at the inaugural Boomerang Festival – a new world Indigenous Festival initiative held in Byron Bay, NSW.
2013 Sep: Gurrumul, Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen (Skinnyfish Music Directors) are Keynote participants on the Q&A couch of Big Sound, Brisbane and performing a preview song from his new album (not yet released).
2013 Aug: Presented with a Special Recognition Award at the 2013 National Indigenous Music Awards for his ongoing contribution to the Indigenous music scene, followed by a guest performance with the Yothu Yindi band in a special memorial concert for Gurrumul’s cousin, the late Dr Yunupingu.
2013 Jul: Full band performance at Splendour in the Grass Music Festival, and a guest appearance with song collaborators of 'A Baru in New York' - Yolanda Be Cool
2013 Jun: Headline artist at the 28th Barunga Festival including guest performance with John Butler for ‘Wukun’, and special song dedication to his kin - the late Dr Yunupingu (Yothu Yindi)
2013 May: Joined award winning artist Delta Goodrem for a special performance of 'Bayini' on The Voice Australia in celebration of National Reconciliation Week. The song was later released on iTunes with all proceeds going to the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation. The duet debuted at No. 4 on the ARIA charts and hit No. 1 on the iTunes charts.
2013 May: Vivid LIVE presented the world premiere of ‘Gurrumul. His Life and Music’ - a biographic tour-de-force of Gurrumul’s life through song, film and narrative elements in collaboration with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Sell out performances at the Sydney Opera House with standing ovations, a surprise guest appearance by Delta Goodrem and 5 star reviews.
2013 May: Headline artist at the Kimberley Moon Experience in Kununurra Western Australia.
2013 May: Gurrumul, Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen (Skinnyfish Music Directors) are Keynote participants on the Q&A couch of Music Matters, Singapore and performing at the Aussie BBQ showcase including guest performance with Katie Noonan.
2013 May: Launch of the authorised biography ‘Gurrumul. His Life and Music’ by Robert Hillman - an illustrated hardback with over 150 pictures and a bonus 15-track album of unreleased mixes, published by ABC Books and Harper Collins.
2013 Apr: A unique remix of ‘Baru’ with two groundbreaking Australian artists - Yolanda Be Cool and Flume. Yolanda Be Cool released their remix and film clip - ‘A Baru In New York’ (feat. Gurrumul), closely followed by #1 ARIA hitmaker Flume’s Soundtrack Version of 'A Baru In New York’ which was leaked to Soundcloud and instantly going viral with over 150,000 streams and 800 shares in less than a week.
2013 Mar: Headline performance at Blue Mountains Festival, NSW
2013 Feb: Headline performance at Canberra’s Centenary Celebrations and Port Fairy Folk Festival, Vic
2013 Jan: Headline performance at Sydney’s iconic Australia Day Concert on the harbour foreshore
2012 Nov: National tour as support and guest artist with Missy Higgins, performing their 2011 ARIA collaboration of ‘Warwu’
2012 Nov: Yothu Yindi are inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, performing ‘Treaty’ to a live audience, featuring Gurrumul on keyboard and vocals alongside guest artists Peter Garrett, Paul Kelly, Dan Sultan & Jessica Mauboy
2012 Nov: Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Sydney by Chancellor and Governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir
2012 Nov: Invited to perform at the Diamond Jubilee Reception at the Sydney Opera House on the occasion of the visit by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
2012 Oct: Headline artist to open Australian cultural festival ‘OzFest’ in India, launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard alongside didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins and Indian sitarist Anoushak Shankar at Delhi’s historic Sher Mandal Observatory of Purana Qila
2012 Sep: Deadly Awards;
2012 Aug: National Indigenous Music Awards;
2012 Jul: 'Rrakala' reaches PLATINUM status in Australia
2012 Jun: ABC TV Australian Story airs ‘You’re the Voice’ – featuring Gurrumul’s story on ABC TV to a viewing audience of approx 1 million across Australia.
2012 Jun: Gurrumul travelled to New York to complete his 3rd album before performing at the Inaugural World Indigenous Housing Conference in Vancouver, Canada to an international delegation.
2012 Jun: One of only three Australians, Gurrumul participated in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, broadcast live on BBC 1, BBC 1 HD and BBC Radio 2 (UK) and to millions around the world and featured Gurrumul positioned next to the Queen on stage for the finale.
2012 Jun: Gary Barlow & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Diamond Jubilee song ‘Sing’ reaches No. 1 in the UK
2012 Jun: Gurrumul invited to meet and perform for the Governor-General of Australia at the Investiture reception at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence Stoke Lodge, London.
2012 Jun: BBC Documentary “Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service” of the making of the Diamond Jubilee Song ‘Sing’ featuring Gurrumul aired Sunday 3rd June across the UK to a record viewing audience.
2012 Jun: ‘Bayini’ featuring Sarah Blasko is released in Australia & UK
2012 May: Australia Council awards Gurrumul a two-year Fellowship at the 5th National Indigenous Art Awards for the development of an immersive multi-sensory art installation project.
2012 Mar: Gurrumul travelled to the Blue Mountains to record a chorus of 'Sing', the Diamond Jubilee Song written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Take That's Gary Barlow. Barlow travelled around the Commonwealth working with artists including Gurrumul to produce the track, with its successful debut airing on BBC Radio 2 on May 18th.
2012 Mar: Skinnyfish Music announce book deal with ABC Books & Harper Collins
2012 Mar: Gurrumul is announced a finalist for the 2012 Australian Music Prize
2012 Mar: Gurrumul performs at WOMAD New Zealand & WOMADelaide where he was joined on stage by guest artists Mr Barry Morgan; Natalie & Carlo from Blue King Brown, and Lucky Oceans.
2012 Jan: Gurrumul opens the main stage at opening night for the 2012 Sydney Festival to a 50,000 strong audience in the Domain.
2011 Dec: 'Rrakala' finishes at No 6 in the ARIA End of Year Charts – Top 50 Aust. Artists Albums 2011
2011 Dec: Gurrumul performs at Sydney’s ‘Homebake’ Festival featuring special guest Sarah Blasko who joined him in a verse of ‘Bayini’ written and performed in English.
2011 Nov: Gurrumul performs a breathtaking version of ‘Warwu’ with Missy Higgins (also singing in Yolgnu Matha) live at the 25th ARIAs, creating the standout performance of the night.
2011 Nov: Gurrumul performs at a private dinner for the Crown Prince & Princess of Denmark
2011 Nov: Gurrumul performs for US President Barak Obama in front of 1500 servicemen and guests in a secured hangar at Darwin’s RAAF Base
2011 Oct: Debut album 'Gurrumul' is announced TRIPLE PLATINUM status
2011 Oct: Gurrumul invited as the exclusive performer at the official Royal welcome ceremony for HRH The Queen of England and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at the Great Hall, Parliament House
2011: ARIA Awards;
2011: A.I.R. Awards;
2011: Deadly Award;
2011: National Indigenous Music Awards;
2011 Oct: European / UK Tour and launch of 'Rrakala'
2011 Sep: 'Rrakala' reached No. 14 on the ARIA charts
2011 Aug: First Australian national concert tour
2011 Jul: 'Rrakala' is officially declared GOLD status
2011 Jul: 'Gopuru' film clip released to media
2011 Apr: Rolling Stone Australia features Gurrumul on the cover – "Australia’s Most Important Voice"
2011 Apr: Second album 'Rrakala' released (Aust & UK) debuts on ARIA mainstream album chart
2010 Oct: Australian Story segment ‘You’re the Voice’ goes to air on ABC1 and shoots the album back up the charts – No 1 on iTunes over-night.
2010 Aug: Northern Territory Indigenous Music Awards;
2010 Jul: ‘Wiyathul’ is featured as a Starbucks pick-of-the-week free download in association with iTunes across the US
2010 Jun: 'Gurrumul' is released in the US
2009 Dec: Duet with Sting on French TV show – Taratata - ‘Every Breath You Take’
2009 Sep: Deadly Awards;
2009 Aug: Northern Territory Indigenous Music Awards;
2009 Jul: Helpmann Award;
2009 Jun: APRA Award;
2009 Jun: 'Gurrumul' is officially declared DOUBLE PLATINUM
2009 May: Skinnyfish announce deal with DRAMATICO UK for Gurrumul
2009 May: Gurrumul performs solo for the first time in the UK at Union Chapel
2009 May: Gurrumul performs live on ‘Later with Jools Holland’ BBC TV, UK
2009 Feb: 'Gurrumul' is released in the UK
2008 Nov: 'Gurrumul' peaks at No. 3 on ARIA album chart and continues to remain in the ARIA for months to follow (of which 59 weeks are consecutive until July 6th 2009)
2008 Nov: ARIA Awards;
2008 Nov: A.I.R Awards;
2008 Nov: Limelight Awards;
2008 Nov: Folk Federation Australia Awards;
2008 Sep: Deadly Awards;
2008 Aug: Northern Territory Indigenous Music Awards;
2008 Nov: 'Gurrumul' is officially declared PLATINUM status
2008 Oct: 'Gurrumul' is officially declared GOLD status
2008 Jul: 'Gurrumul' enters the ARIA Top 20 at No. 18
2008 Apr: 'Gurrumul' debuts on the ARIA Chart at No. 21
2008 Feb: Debut solo album 'Gurrumul' is released in Australia
2005 Aug: Northern Territory Indigenous Music Awards;
1992 Nov: ARIA Awards for Yothu Yindi;
Musical Background & Discography
1989 – 1992 Member of Yothu Yindi; musician / composer / vocals / songwriter
1991: 'Tribal Voice'
1996: 'Birrkuta' – Wild Honey
1999 – 2011 Member of Saltwater Band; musician / composer / vocals / songwriter
1998: 'Gapu Damurrung'
2004: 'Djarridjarri/Blue Flag'
2008 – present Solo Career; musician / composer / vocals / songwriter / co-producer
2008: 'The 25th ARIA Awards' compilation
2009: 'Sounds of the Planet' - Womad compilation
2010: Remix of 'Wukun' produced by Loverush! UK
2011: Remake of 'Gathu Mawula' Revisited produced by One Rebel (Carlo Santone)
2011: 'Bayini' single featuring Sarah Blasko
2011: 'Byron Bay Blues Fest' compilation
2011: 'Jane’s Journey' Original Soundtrack
2011: 'When I First Met Your Ma' compilation
2012: 'The Great Australian Songbook' compilation
2012: 'Womad – The World’s Festival' compilation
2013: 'Gurrumul. His Life and Music' - compilation of unreleased mixes from first and second album
Links to music and film clips;
‘Bayini’ (Live) featuring Delta Goodrem, 2013
‘A Baru in New York’ (Yolanda Be Cool feat. Gurrumul) Music Video, 2013
‘A Baru in New York’ (Flume Remix), 2013
Official Film Clip to ‘Sing’ May, 2012
‘Warwu’ with Missy Higgins live at the ARIAS, 2011
‘Gopuru’ Film Clip, 2011
'Gathu Mawula' Revisited Film Clip feat. Blue King Brown, 2010
Sting & Gurrumul perform ‘Every Breath You Take’ for Taratata (France), 2009
‘Bapa’ live at the ARIAS, 2008
‘Wiyathul’ live at the Enmore, 2008
Links to key media:
Gurrumul on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC, June 3rd 2012
Gurrumul’s Honorary Doctorate announced: ABC News Online, May 2012
Gurrumul features on the Cover of the Rolling Stone as “Australia’s Most Important Voice", 2010
Gurrumul - Mala Rrakala live on the Andrew Marr show (& interview)
"Gopuru" from the album "Rrakala"
"Bapa" from the album "Gurrumul"
"Gurrumul History" from the album "Gurrumul"