Australia’s Most Important Voice” - Rolling Stone Australia
Rrakala – Gurrumul’s second solo album – retains the quality, purity and sound of his debut while delving into a wider palette of genres and instrumentation. Showcased for the first time are Gurrumul’s exceptional skills on piano, drums, nylon string, electric and acoustic guitars. Rrakala has achieved platinum sales in Australia and was the winner of the Best World Album category at the 2011 ARIA awards.
Born blind, Gurrumul grew up as a member of the Gumatj clan on Elcho Island, off the coast of tropical North East Arnhemland. Gurrumul songs speak of identity, spirit and connection with the land, its elements and the ancestral beings he is related to. His fragile but uniquely emotive high tenor voice and aura-like persona elicits emotion, compassion and a feeling of peace and longing.
Dr G Yunupingu first came to attention when he released his eponymous debut to international claim. His angelic voice connected with fans worldwide including Elton John, will.I.am and Sting. The debut album ‘Gurrumul’ has sold half a million copies worldwide, reaching Triple Platinum in Australia, his second solo album ‘Rrakala’ released in April 2011 has hit Platinum, and the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine declared Gurrumul
Gurrumul has performed for HRM The Queen of England, US President Barack Obama, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, in addition to being one of only two Australian performers at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.