His­toric last al­bum in at No.1

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - KATHY McCABE

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.

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