Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow)

Over four years in the making – and completed just weeks before his passing in 2017 – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) is Gurrumul’s final gift to the world. In an astounding musical achievement, Gurrumul combines traditional songs and chants from his ancestral Yolngu culture with hypnotic minimalist orchestral arrangements.

Djarimirri brings together the highest forms of musical expression from both the Indigenous Australian and Western Art Music traditions. The album received four posthumous ARIA awards in 2018 – Best World Album, Best Male Artist, Best Independent Release and Best Cover Art.

Track previews
Waak (Crow)
Galiku (Flag) In D-Flat Major
Ngarrpiya (Octopus) In A-Flat Major
Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow) In E-Flat Major
Djolin (Musical Instrument) In D Major
Marrayarr (Flag) In F-Sharp Major
Gapu (Freshwater) In D Major
Djilawurr (Scrubfowl) In D Major
Baru (Saltwater Crocodile) In E-Flat Major
Gopuru (Tuna Swimming) In B-Flat Major
Djapana (Sunset) In A-Flat Major
Wulminda (Dark Clouds) In E-Flat Major
Edition Information

2-LP (Legacy Edition Coloured Vinyl)
Decca Records
Cat. No. 3527199
26 March 2021

CD (Jewel Case)

Decca Records
Cat. No. 3526462
6 November 2020

Digital Album (Standard)
Decca Records
Cat. No. 3526461
6 November 2020

Digital Album (Mastered for iTunes)
Decca Records
Cat. No. 3532147
6 November 2020

2-LP Vinyl
Skinnyfish Music
Cat. No. 3526463
13 April 2018

Recording information

Artist: Gurrumul
Producer: Michael Hohnen
Arranger / Composer: Gurrumul Yunupingu, Michael Hohnen, Erkki  Veltheim

Recording engineers:
Ted Howard (Australia)
Anthony Ruotolo (US)
Robin Mai (Australia)

Mix engineer: Matthew Cunliffe
Mastering:  Matthew Cunliffe

All vocals: Gurrumul Yunupingu
Orchestral works by: Erkki Veltheim with Michael Hohnen and Gurrumul

Solo cello parts
Inspired by Dhapan Yunupingu
Transcribed by Erkki Veltheim
Performed  by Julian Thompson

Veronique Serret (lead)
Ilya Isakovich
Lucy Warren
Mark Ingwersen

Nicole Divall
David Wicks
Alexandru Mihai-Bota

Julian Thompson (including all solo yidaki parts)
Heather Lindsay

Double bass: David Campbell
Percussion: Bree van Reyk
Harpsichord: Tamara Anna Cislowska
Cor anglais: Matthew Tighe
Bass and B-flat clarinet: Jason Noble
Horn: Ben Jacks
Trumpet: David Elton
Trombone: Justin Kearin
Bass trombone: Brett Page


“A unique and hugely significant contribution to Australian music.” Sydney Morning Herald, 2018.

“Djarimirri is an album which gives rise to thoughts of consequential efforts and laudatory pronouncements. It is both adventurous and thoughtful, brave and impactful. It is not like anything else out there.” Bernard Zuel, 2018.

“A perfect fusion of traditional and modern, Gurrumul’s unique voice evokes a contemplative mood in the listener and connects to Yolngu culture. The brilliant rhythmic arrangements are hypnotic and heighten the effect … This album is a remarkable achievement.” Readings, 2018.