Gawurra

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Debut album Ratja YaliYali
Released and distributed by CAAMA Music on Friday 8th April

 Gawurra aka Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu is an extraordinary singer and engaging performer hailing from East Arnhem Land. He releases his debut album Ratja Yaliyali [pronounced Rart-ja yarl-i yarl-i] on Friday 8th April as his debut single of the same name starts to gain momentum across ABC and CRN radio networks.

“I‘ve heard your music, it’s glorious.” Clare Bowditch ABC 774

With a beautiful voice and musical sensibility comparable to Gurrumul Ratja YaliYali has been produced by Broadwing; a young award winning electronic musician from the NT who has given the album an unexpected edge while soulfully blending a traditional & contemporary sound. A veritable match made in heaven this unlikely coupling has created an album of seamless diversity. The instrumentation in the title track is built around a resonant vocal, atmospheric guitar, simple drums and a string section that slowly swells throughout the song. It features a more traditional acoustic instrumentation with an honest folk sound. On Guwak, a song that highlights the fragility in Gawurra’s voice there’s a delicate electronica with samples taken of ‘found sounds’ and heavy layers of production. Opening track Burala has an almost Nordic Post-Rock vibe and is a good example of a more powerful and robust style. Several songs have a fuller sound coupled with subtle electronic textures soaked in reverb.

“It’s not a sound that you generally hear from an Indigenous musician but it’s a really solid marriage of styles. Having said that, many of the tracks morph from one style to another. The final track ‘Warrarra’ almost sounds like four different songs in one. But Gawurra’s voice ties everything together.” says Broadwing.

With this year’s NAIDOC Week theme being Songlines – Gawurra’s debut syncs in perfectly with the cultural climate. Ratja Yaliyali translates to Vine of Love. A well-known ancient Yolgnu Songline coming from a ‘long way’; it is the thread of love that keeps everything connected. Ratja Yaliyali is a spirit, like the wind. A beautiful melody that Yolngu listen when they want to feel spirit in their hearts. If they have a problem or feel gloomy, they listen to Ratja Yaliyali as it touches them and builds their spirit making them stronger. A bonus CD featuring traditional Songlines comes only with the physical copy and is not available digitally.

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Gawurra was born on the Gove Peninsula and spent time as a child on his Grandmother’s land of Yathalamara, before moving to Milingimbi Island. He has recently moved to live in Melbourne with his family, in order to further his musical career. His culture, songlines, stories and history are deeply embedded in his resonant voice and soulful blend of traditional and contemporary songs.

Gawurra is a gentle and genuine young leader. He is an Elder in his community; the Old people gave him this knowledge and power. It is important for him to teach his kids, brothers and sisters the ‘right way’. Gawurra is passionate about keeping his Gupapungu language strong.

Gawurra won the 2015 NT Song of the Year Award in the Pop category for the song Ratja YaliYali.

DISC ONE:       RATJA YALI YALI – as produced by Broadwing

DISC TWO       RATJA YALI YALI – Ancient Yolgnu Songlines [Bonus CD only available in physical copy]

Relevant Links:

www.gawurra.com

www.onepagelink.com/gawurra

www.caamamusic.com.au

Broadwing https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/broadwing

 

Available on physical copy via CAAMA Music and digitally via

https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ratja-yaliyali/id1089386578?ls=1&app=itunes

 

Media Enquiries:

Chryss Carr – AUM PR  aum@aum.net.au // 0417 800 869

Cooper-Lily Nikora// cooper@aum.net.au // 0432 601 211

 

ALBUM CREDITS 

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY GAWURRA
ALL SONGS ARE IN THE GUPAPUYNGU LANGUAGE OF EAST ARNHEM LAND
TRANSLATED FROM GUPAPUYNGU TO ENGLISH BY ROSEMARY LANYBALANYBA
GAWURRA.

 

Executive Producer MICHEAL MIKO SMITH
Producer BROADWING
Tracking/Engineering ROHAN CARMODY & BROADWING
Mixing BROADWING
Mastering MATT BYRNES.

 

Funded by the Australian Government through the Aboriginals Benefit Account