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Browsing: Indigenous Australian

Classical Music Recording
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 Music Recording
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…

Classical Music Recording
Kimberley Echoes

Artist/s: The Narli Ensemble. Mark Atkins (didgeridoo/vocals), Stephen Pigram (guitar/vocals);Erkki Veltheim (violin), Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Tristan Parr (cello), Joe Talia (percussion), Tos Mahoney (flute) 
Category: Classical, Contemporary, Country, Indigenous Australian, New Music
Label: Tura New Music 002
https://www.tura.com.au/
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The journey is about a commitment by Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians to work together across divergent histories, despite past and current hurts.. The destination… five years of performances, a swag full of repertoire and this CD.

Contemporary Music Recording
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 Music Recording
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 Music Recording
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,…

Contemporary Music Recording
The Makarrata Project. Midnight Oil

Artist/s: Midnight Oil: Peter Garrett, Bones Hillman, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey. Guests: First Nation, Jessica Mauboy and Tasman Keith, vocals. Gadigal Land, Dan Sultan, Joel Davison, Kaleena Briggs,  Bunna Lawrie, vocals; Andy Bickers, sax; Angus Gomm, trumpet; Anthony Kable, trombone. Change The Date, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Dan Sultan, vocals. Terror Australia, Alice Skye, vocals. Desert Man, Desert Woman, Frank Yamma, vocals. Wind In My Head, Kev Carmody, Sammy Butcher, vocals. Uluru Statement From The Heart, read by Pat Anderson, Stan Grant, Adam Goodes, Ursula Yovich, Troy Cassar-Daley. Come On Down, Troy Cassar-Daley, vocals, guitar.
Category: Contemporary, Indigenous Australian, Rock
Label: Sony Music
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“Bands come back because they can: they want to and the audience wants them to. For Midnight Oil, there has to be something more than that. They find it here in a musical expression that is as inspirational as it is enjoyable.”

Indigenous Australian Music Recording
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 Music Recording
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’…