Reflections and Voices from ABC radio National

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The National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia
In the early 1990s, the Australian band Yothu Yindi, with its distinctive blend of global popular styles and indigenous traditions from remote Arnhem Land, rose to national prominence with hit songs such as Treaty and Djapana – songs that would become part of Australia’s cultural fabric. In this program, ethnomusicologist Aaron Corn and the band’s main singer and songwriter Mandawuy Yunupingu take us through the ideas and events behind some of Yothu Yindi’s best known songs. Together they locate the band within a continuum of traditional practice that records the beauty of Arnhem Land as experienced by Mandawuy’s ancestors, and which has guided local engagements with visitors from across the Arafura Sea for centuries.

Yothu Yindi stood as an icon of the Aboriginal Reconciliation movement at a time when Australia’s legal and political institutions were starting to recognise their past injustices against Indigenous Australians and the continuing native title over the lands they inhabited. The band met with international acclaim and, in 1992, Mandawuy Yunupingu was named Australian of the Year. But how well do we know Yothu Yindi and its songs? Or the culture, history and politics of the remote tropical region in Australia’s Northern Territory that shaped its musicians and their music?

Aaron Corn is ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the ANU School of Music and a founder of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia. He is also the author of the book Reflections and voices: exploring the music of Yothu Yindi with Mandawuy Yunupingu. With commentary from Aaron Corn, Mandawuy Yunupingu, Marcia Langton and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, as well as evocative location sound from Arnhem Land, this program reveals how Yothu Yindi helped inspire a generation to rethink Australia’s relationship with its first peoples. Image courtesy Aaron Corn

Producer: Jane Ulman
Sound engineer: Phil McKellar

Music details:

Track title: Treaty
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu &Yothu Yindi
Duration: 1’00
Composer: M. Yunupingu,G.Yunupingu,M.Mununggurr,W.Marika, S.Kellaway, C.Williams, P.Kelly,P.Garrett
ABC Recording for Live at the Wireless, Melbourne Concert Hall, January 1992

CD title: One Blood
Track title: Rama
Artists: G. Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration: 1’05
Composer: Arranged by G. Yunupingu & M.Mununggurr (Traditional Song from the Gumatj Clan)
CD details: Yothu Yindi Music, 1999, MUSH33229.2

CD title: Garma
Track title: Romance At Garma
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration: 4’20
Composer: M. Yunupingu, S. Kellaway
CD details: Yothu Yindi Music Pty. Ltd., 2000, MUSH332822

LP title: The Land of the Morning Star
Track title: Devil Dance
Artists: G. Yunupingu & Yirrkala children
Duration: 1’10
Composer: Traditional song from N.E. Arnhem Land
LP details: His Master’s Voice OC LP7610

CD title: Tribal Voice
Track title: Tribal Voice
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration:3’17
Composer: M. Yunupingu
CD details: Mushroom Records, 1992, MUSH32463.2

CD title: Garma
Track title: Gone Is the Land
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration: 3’55
Composer: M. Yunupingu
CD details: Yothu Yindi Music Pty. Ltd., 2000, MUSH332822

Track title: Mainstream
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration: 4’30
Composer: M. Yunupingu
ABC recording for Live at the Wireless, Melbourne Concert Hall, January 1992

CD title: Birrkuja – Wild Honey
Track title: Honey
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration: 3’05
Composer: M. Yunupingu, Baruka Tau-Matagu, G. Yunupingu
CD details: Yothu Yindi Music P/L, 1996, TVD93461(RMD53461) Mushroom

CD title: Tribal Voice
Track title: Djapana
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration: 4’00
Composer: M. Yunupingu
CD details: Mushroom Records, 1992, Mush32463.2

CD Title: Garma
Track title: Macassan Crew
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration: 4’12
Composer: M. Yunupingu, S. Kellaway
CD details: Yothu Yindi Music Pty. Ltd., 2000, MUSH332822

CD title: Tribal Voice
Track title: Treaty Radio Mix
Artists: Mandawuy Yunupingu & Yothu Yindi
Duration: 3′ 40
Composer: M. Yunupingu,G.Yunupingu,M.Mununggurr,W.Marika, S.Kellaway, C.Williams, P.Kelly,P.Garrett
CD Details: Mushroom Records, 1992, Mush32463.2

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE :
Yothu Yindi

Aaron Corn’s book Reflections and Voices, Sydney University Press

~ by samiastories on 23 May, 2011.

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