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Classical
Birdsong at Dusk

Artist/s: William Barton didgeridoo, with Kurilpa String Quartet, Delmae Barton vocals, John Rogers violin
Category: Classical, Indigenous Australian, New Music
Label: ABC Music 481 0962
http://williambarton.com.au/
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William Barton is one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and has taken the wonders of this ancient instrument to the world. He regularly performs around the globe, and his album Kalkadungu won the 2012 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.…

Indigenous Australian
Erub Era Kodo Mer. Traditional and Contemporary Music and Dance from Erub (Darnley Island), Torres Strait. (CD/DVD)

Artist/s: People of Erub, Torres Strait Islands, Australia
Category: Indigenous Australian, World
Label: Torres Strait Regional Authority TSRA 005
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This CD/DVD set is a collection of traditional Christian hymns, contemporary songs, contemporary Christian kores (choruses), love songs and childrens’ songs performed by the Erub people in the Torres Strait Islands. It opens with seven hymns sung in harmony in…

Contemporary
Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu (Together We Are Strong). The Song Peoples Sessions

Artist/s: Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen
Category: Contemporary, Indigenous Australian, World
Label: 2 CDs, box set with large booklet. Barkley Regional Arts www.barklyarts.com.au. Or ABC Music
www.barklyarts.com.au. http://songpeoples.tumblr.com/. Shellie’s website: http://www.shelliemorris.net/
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Last year I wrote a rapturous review of the Winanjjara double CD by Warren H Williams and the Warramungu Songmen. Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu (Together We Are Strong) by Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen is the second release of the…

Indigenous Australian
Nyilipidgi

Artist/s: Paul Grabowsky, Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, David Yipininy Wilfred, Monash Art Ensemble
Category: Indigenous Australian, Jazz
Label: ABC Jazz 479 6386
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“Contemporary Indigenous music takes a multitude of forms, from fusion hip hop to anthemic ballad often incorporating aspects of traditional Songlines, the heritage of individual families and clans. But the kind of fusion on Nyilipidgi is quite different to anything I have ever encountered before.”

Classical
The Art Of The Didgeridoo

Artist/s: William Barton, Matthew Doyle, various ensembles
Category: Classical, Indigenous Australian, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1909
www.abcmusic.com.au/discography/art-didgeridoo
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Some people are still surprised that the didgeridoo is much more than a drone instrument played by Australian Aboriginal musicians for corroborees and ritual ceremonies. Others may be used to seeing the didgeridoo playing in rock bands like Yothu Yindi,…

Indigenous Australian
The Songs Back Home: The Mission Songs Project

Artist/s: Jessie Lloyd, Monica Weightman, Leah Flanagan, Karrina Nolan, Jessica Hitchcock, Iain Grandage, Ed Bates, Rob Mahoney. Bonus Tracks by: Archie Roach, Lillian Geia, Lynelda Tippo, Alma Geia
Category: Indigenous Australian
Label: The Aviary Recording Studio, Melbourne, MSP002, 2017
www.missionssongsproject.com and www.jessielloyd.com
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“This album defies categorisation in an exciting and innovative way. It captures and revives older songs created between 1900 – 1999 by Indigenous Australian mission communities.”

Contemporary
Winanjjara – The Song Peoples’ Sessions

Artist/s: Warren H Williams and the Warumungu Songmen. Sung in Aboriginal languages
Category: Contemporary, Indigenous Australian
Label: 2 CDs. ABC Music 279 6239
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Winanjjara means song man in the Northern Territory language of Warumungu. This double CD by Warren H Williams and the Waramungu Songmen is a major project that is part of an important Federal Government initiative known as The Song Peoples’…