DR G YUNUPINGU
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.