Indigenous artist makes music entrance
NEW generation indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal, from North-East Arnhem Land, is making an exciting entrance into the music scene.
Inspired by heroes Yothu Yindi, Yirrmal is a refreshing singer songwriter who fuses tradition and contemporary with class and passion.
Yirrmal performs as a solo artist and with group Yirrmal & The Yolngu Boys.
A young Yolngu man from the community of Yirrkala, Yirrmal is a songwriter and guitarist with a beautifully powerful voice, singing songs about his homeland and culture with feeling and depth beyond his years.
"We're living in two worlds, learning in two worlds, carrying a message, a sharing of culture," Yirrmal said.
"We're exploring new horizons with our sound, mixing western styles with our traditional song, adding a new dimension to music.
"We aim to set an example for indigenous youth, and to be strong, positive role models for the young generation."
Yirrmal is related to Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu on his mother's side, and his father, Witiyana Marika, was a singer and dancer in Yothu Yindi.
The Yolngu boys - Dion, Jerol and Seviro Wunungmurra - are excellent singers, dancers and didgeridoo "yidaki" players.Yirrmal is connecting a new found sound and engaging the hearts of all who are lucky enough to hear him.
He's special artist to look out for as he begins to make his mark.
See Yirrmal perform at the Bello Winter Music Festival, July 7-10.
For tickets and a full line-up, see bellowintermusic.com.