M Yunupingu brought his local people, the Yolngu people, and Indigenous issues to a national stage with his musical career. He co-founded Yothu Yindi in 1986, and was the band’s lead singer and most prominent personality. He broke records throughout his life, becoming the first Indigenous Australian from Arnhem Land to gain a university degree.
— Yothu Yindi frontman Yunupingu dies aged 56 (2013-Jun-03) [ABC]
With the death Yothu Yindi lead singer M Yunupingu last week, this week’s MusicMonday is a visit to his music works with Yothu Yindi.
Yothu Yindi (Yolngu for “child and mother”) are an Australian band with Aboriginal and balanda (non-Aboriginal) members formed in 1986. Aboriginal members come from Yolngu homelands near Yirrkala on the Gove Peninsula in Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land. Founding members included Stuart Kellaway on bass guitar, Cal Williams on lead guitar, Andrew Belletty (Drums),Witiyana Marika on manikay (traditional vocals), bilma (ironwood clapsticks) and dance, Milkayngu Mununggurr on yidaki (didgeridoo), Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu on keyboards, guitar and percussion, and leader M Yunupingu on vocals and guitar.
Time for some music …
Yothu Yindi – Treaty
Yothu Yindi – World Turning
Yothu Yindi- Tribal Voice