Music video: Gurrumul History: I Was Born Blind

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (born 1970) is an indigenous Australian musician, who sings in Yolngu language. He was born on Elcho Island, off the coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia about 350 miles from Darwin. He was born blind, has never learned Braille and does not have a guide dog or use a stick. Yunupingu speaks only a few words of English, and is said to be acutely shy. He plays drums, keyboards, guitar (a right hand-strung guitar left-handed) and didgeridoo, but it is the clarity of his singing voice that has attracted rave reviews.



Music video: Gurrumul History: I Was Born Blind, from Gurrumul's YouTube channel.

See the song lyrics here.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu's friend Michael Hohnen produced the album and acts as his translator. Critics have heaped praise on the singer, describing his voice as having "transcendental beauty". When asked what he would do with any money he makes, he suggested it will go to his mother and aunts, following the Aboriginal tradition of sharing wealth.



Brief video biography of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

References:
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Aboriginal Islander Puts the Otherworld to World Music. California Chronicle, 2009.

Link via BitingTheDust, A view of pharmacy and health from a very remote pharmacist in Australia.

Updated: 08/15/2009

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