Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gurrumul & Blue King Brown

My Australian pop marathon wouldn't be complete without a little indigenous flavour. 41-year-old Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is the nation's unlikeliest superstar. Blind since birth, he sings in the Yolngu language and speaks little English. But that didn't stop his first album reaching the top 5 and selling double platinum. It also charted around Europe and was championed by the likes of Björk and Elton John. Not bad for a self-funded independent release. For his sophomore set, Gurrumul has roped in the services of JJJ favourite Blue King Brown to overhaul "Gathu Mawula" and the result is astounding. I can't listen to it without getting chills. This man's voice is an extraordinary instrument. I have no idea what he's singing about but "Gathu Mawula" is such a beautiful experience. So peaceful and comforting. Like being wrapped in a warm blanket. Blue King Brown's verse also works a treat and the band's involvement should bring Gurrumul's music to a whole new market. Fingers crossed they call up J Malley for an urban remix! This is pure quality and deserves to be massive.

4 comments:

Calen said...

Wow. I'm impressed.

Calen said...

Can't stop listening.

Mike said...

I'm glad you like it, Calen. I can't stop listening either. It's so beautiful.

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