Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Singer, Musical Artist

1970 –

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Who is Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu?

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is an Indigenous Australian musician, who sings in the Yolngu language.

He was born in Galiwin'ku, off the coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia about 580 kilometres from Darwin. He is from the Gumatj clan of the Yolngu and his mother is from the Galpu nation. He was born blind, has never learned Braille and does not have a guide dog or use a white cane. Yunupingu speaks only a few words of English, and is said to be acutely shy.

He plays drums, keyboards, guitar and didgeridoo, but it is the clarity of his singing voice that has attracted rave reviews. He sings stories of his land in both languages and English. Formerly with Yothu Yindi, he is now with Saltwater Band.

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Born
1970
Elcho Island
Also known as
  • Gurrumul
Ethnicity
  • Indigenous Australians
Nationality
  • Australia
Profession

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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