Gurrumul
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About

Gurrumul is the debut solo album from Indigenous Australian singer/songwriter Gurrumul. Originally released in 2008, the album has achieved triple platinum sales in Australia, and was the winner of the Best Independent Release and Best World Album category at the 2008 ARIA awards. The album begins with Gurrumul’s best-known song – ‘Wiyathul’

Track Listing

Wiyathul
Djȁrimirri
Bȁpa
Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind)
Marrandil
Marwurrumburr
Galiku
Baywara
Gȁthu Mȁwula
Galupa
Wirrpangu
Wukun

Edition Information

DECCA RECORDS
CD (Jewel Case)

Decca Records
Cat. No. 3532145
6 November 2020

Digital Album (Standard)
Decca Records
Cat. No. 3526444
6 November 2020

Digital Album (Mastered for iTunes)
Decca Records
Cat. No. 3532145
6 November 2020

Recording information

Producer: Michael Hohnen
Recording Engineer: Craig Pilkington Audrey Studios
(Extra recordings: Michael Hohnen and Jeremy Conlon at Skinnyfish Music)
Mix Engineer: Matthew Cunliffe
Mastered by: Matther Cunliffe

All songs written by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupuyŋu
All artwork, design and layout by Carlo Santone
Cover Photography by Sam Karanikos
Whitehouse Photography
Additional photos: Carlo Santone, Francine Chinn, Helen Page, Michael Hohnen, Peter Eve, Sophie Howarth, Kara Burns

Yolŋu Matha transcriptions and translations by: Bety Marrŋanyin, Andrew Galitiju, Wayama Gaykamaŋu, john Greatorex

The songs are in Galpu, Mumatj, Djambarrpuyŋu and English

All instruments, voices and effects performed by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupuyŋu except:

Double bass: Michael Hohnen
Additional acoustic guitars: Craig Pilkington (Djanda)
Harmonies on Djarimirri are Nigel Yunupuyŋy, Johnno Yunupuyŋu, Makuma Yunupuyŋu, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupuyŋu

A special thank you to oo-oo (Margaret Keddie) for the Martin  acoustic guitar

Reviews

Yet there is something so timeless and so direct that it is impossible to remain unmoved. It is as though Yunupingu has reached into a wellspring so deep it transcends cultural barriers. He has found an emotional bridge which is genuinely universal. This is not just a very good record. It is one of the greatest recordings ever made by a local indigenous musician.” Sydney Morning Herald, 2008.

“The strength of his gently soaring vocals and the power of songs like ‘Wiyathul’, ‘Marrandil’ and the highly personal and emotional English-language song ‘Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind)’ make this a remarkable album.” BBC Music, 2009.