Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu: The Gurrumul Story (l

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Label: DECCA
Catalog: B003449000
Format: CD & DVD

Indigenous Australian singer/songwriter Gurrumul (1971 - 2017) was born blind and raised on Elcho Island (Galiwin'ku), off the coast of tropical northeast Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory A member of the Gumatj clan and a speaker of the indigenous Yolngu language, Gurrumul's songs describe identity and spirituality, a connection with the land, the primal elements and the ancestral beings to whom he is related. His fragile but uniquely soulful high tenor voice and aura-like appearance evoke feelings of peace and longing in the listener Gurrumul first gained worldwide attention when his self-titled debut album Gurrumul was released in 2008 to international acclaim. His angelic voice delighted fans around the world, including such notables as Elton John,, Sting, Gary Barlow, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder To date, over half a million Gurrumul albums have been sold worldwide. He won nine ARIA Awards and was posthumously named Australian Artist of the Year in 2018. After a long battle with illness, Gurrumul passed away in 2017 at the age of 46 The Gurrumul Story is the first ever collection of Gurrumul's longest running and best loved songs. The collection will be released by Decca Australia and will be available on CD, Deluxe CD + DVD and on vinyl The anthology includes alternate versions of two of Gurrumul's most popular songs. "Wiyathul (Longing For Place)" is a brand new version of "Wiyathul" - the song that propelled Gurrumul into the spotlight in 2008 - amplified with an orchestra. This new version is accompanied by a new music video (the song's first official music video) shot in May 2021 on Gurrumul's home island of Elcho Island, featuring local dancers interpreting the song's lyrics through the movement of their totem dance Also included on the album is a rare duet version of the song "Bayini" from Gurrumul's second album Rrakala, featuring a touching contribution from Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko. The deluxe CD+DVD edition of The Gurrumul Story includes a 25-minute documentary chronicling Gurrumul's rise to fame and his four studio albums, as well as a selection of music videos.

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