Historic last album in at No.1
THE final album from globally acclaimed indigenous artist Gurrumul has made Australian chart history to become the first indigenous language album to debut at No.1.
Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow) held off the streaming juggernaut of Ed Sheeran’s Divide to claim the top spot after a week-long campaign by fans on social media. It is the most unlikely album to top the pop charts, a blend of indigenous songs and chants in the language of his Gumatj and Galpu clans with intricate orchestral arrangements.
Djarimirri, which features songs about the crow, the octopus, freshwater, crocodile and sunset among other indigenous totems, was completed just days before Gurrumul’s death at the age of 46 last July.
Gurrumul in 2009.