News: CONGRATULATIONS AUSTRALIA GURRUMUL HITS #1 History made with first ever ARIA number one album in an Australian Indigenous language.


Thank you to everyone who bought this album. This album is a testament to this great Australian and his family, all Yolngu and the greater Aboriginal population. The history he has made taking a true Australian language and heritage to number one proves the strength of the underlying cultural identity of this nation. This is something we can all be proud of and we know that the support of the many people who have bought this album in the last week will be rewarded through the depth of cultural discovery that will unfold on repeated listens.”
– Michael Hohnen, Skinnyfish Music (Producer, collaborator and friend).

I would like to give a speech on behalf of my family and myself, to my father’s achievement that he has had a great career. For sharing our culture through his music. That he will remain in our hearts together.” 
– Jasmine Yunupingu (Daughter)

This is the point where ancient Aboriginal culture and modern western orchestral traditions fall into a loving embrace and a totally new music is born. Yes, this recording is that important.”
– Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald

“Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) is, to put it simply, a masterpiece.”
– Joshua Turk, Beat Magazine

“As striking and important as anything that has emerged in several decades from Arnhem Land”
– Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian

“Such a fully formed and joyous album released posthumously makes for truly bittersweet listening.”
– Guido Farnell, The Music

“Equal parts hauntingly beautiful and devastatingly heartrending”
– Daniel Johnson, Courier Mail

“An epic listening experience on every level”
– Cameron Adams, Herald Sun

“It may be Australia’s greatest musical masterpiece”
– Kathy McCabe, Daily Telegraph

“Beautiful & inspiring”
– Simon Collins, The West Australian

“Djarimirri stands as the singer’s final gift to the world, one last reminder that his rise to fame was more than deserved’
– Sam Fell, Good Weekend

“…an ambitious and utterly unique record.”
– Christie Eliezer, The Music Network

“Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) is such a magnificent achievement that it ensures Geoffrey Yunupingu’s talent and message will remain within the Australian psyche for the rest of time, even though they’re no longer tied to the man’s physical presence in this world.”
– Zoe Radas, Stack Magazine

“Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) surpasses any final musical message given to the world and is one of the most important records in Australian history.”
– Nick Devin, Medium

“Gurrumul’s boundary-breaking final album Djarimirri is one like no other.”
– Jesse Thompson, ABC

“This is a huge moment in Australian classical music where Yolngu culture and western tradition blend together”
– ABC Classic FM

“Mindblowingly brilliant”
– Simon Thomsen, Business Insider


The final funeral ceremony for Gurrumul Yunupingu occurred on Friday 24th November, 2017 at Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island. The passing of any Yolngu person is usually accompanied by strict traditional protocols which preclude the use of the deceased’s name. The immediate family of Gurrumul have been clear throughout the grieving process that the contribution he made and continues to make to Australian and Yolngu cultural life should not be forgotten. The family have given permission that following the final funeral ceremony, his name and image may once again be used publicly to ensure that his legacy will continue to inspire both his people and Australians more broadly. The family thank the media and the Australian public for their support and respect throughout this period.

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