DR G YUNUPINGU

ABO­RIG­I­NAL SOUL

Mojo (UK) - - News - David Hutcheon

BORN 1971

The re­cip­i­ent of a Bri­tish sil­ver disc for his epony­mous de­but al­bum, Gur­ru­mul, re­leased in 2009, the Aus­tralian singer Dr G Yunupingu made a mock­ery of ev­ery ob­sta­cle he came across. Born blind into a Gu­matj com­mu­nity on El­cho Is­land in Arn­hem Land, as a boy he taught him­self pi­ano, gui­tar and per­cus­sion when he wasn’t cycling around town on his own. As a teenager, he toured the world with the trail­blaz­ing Abo­rig­i­nal band Yothu Yindi, but it was only later that his song­writ­ing and oth­er­worldly tenor came to the fore. De­spite acute shy­ness and an aver­sion to ques­tions – he rarely spoke in pub­lic or gave in­ter­views – his three al­bums for the Dar­win-based la­bel Skin­ny­fish made him a fig­ure­head and im­por­tant cross­over fig­ure as the Aus­tralian govern­ment came to terms with the legacy of “the stolen gen­er­a­tions” of indige­nous peo­ple.

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