Gurrumul Releases Maralitja – A Tribute To Yothu Yindi PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 August 2013 12:32

On the eve of the National Indigenous Music Awards, national treasure Gurrumul Yunupingu is releasing a new single ‘Maralitja – A Tribute To Yothu Yindi” as a tribute to the man he called “wawa” or “brother”, Dr Yunupingu.

The song was a favourite of Dr Yunupingu, originally from Yothu Yindi’s multiplatinum album “Tribal Voice” and will be performed with the original band and Gurrumul this Saturday at the National Indigenous Music Awards. Dr Yunupingu heard Gurrumul’s version last year at the ARIA Hall of Fame inductions, and his family have vetted the release.

“The passing of Dr. Yunupingu was significant to Gurrumul, and there is an enormous level of respect there – of what he stood for, the history he has created, and also what they achieved together” said friend and musical collaborator Michael Hohnen. “He loved that man for many reasons but remembers this song “Maralitja Man” or “Crocodile Man” as a sharing of an identity with which they were both born – the identity of the saltwater crocodile”.

Upon his brother’s passing, Gurrumul released the statement “I respect him....and I love him.... And I miss him”, one of the few times the singer has made a public statement other than via his songs since his journey in music began with his role in Yothu Yindi.

The winner of ten previous NIMAs, Gurrumul is pleased to be performing at Saturday’s event where he is also up for National Artist of the Year. He also holds two nominations for Song of the Year for his collaboration with Yolanda Be Cool and Flume on “A Baru In New York” and his stunning duet with Delta Goodrem Bayini” which he performed earlier this year on The Voice, topping the iTunes charts and becoming the first Indigenous language release to hit the ARIA top five singles.

Gurrumul is also nominated for Act of the Year at the 2013 Deadly Awards to be held at the Sydney Opera House this September.

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