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Away from the studio or the stage, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is a man of few words. The North Australian native, blind from birth, grew up as a member of the Gumatj clan on Elcho Island, off the coast of tropical North East Arnhem Land. In his culture, the elders are the spokespersons for the clan. But the self-effacing Gurrumul, as he likes to be known, doesn’t have to say anything at ... Read more in Amazon's Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dramatico/Skinnyfish
  • ASIN: B0013NFQ8O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the most important and beautiful Indigenous albums ever recorded. Blind from birth, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is a powerhouse of musical creativity. Geoffrey, or Gudjuk as he is also called, is from the Gumatj nation, his mother from the Galpu nation both First Nations peoples from North East Arnhemland in the Northern Territory of Australia...

A former member of Yothu Yindi, now with Saltwater Band, Gurrumul solo excursions highlight his amazing talent as a singer/songwriter/musician, his beautiful voice singing the songs of his Gumatj country will never leave you.
With the release of this his first solo album, Geoffrey highlights the tremendous talent he has to offer Indigenous music in Australia, and indeed, the world.

Review

"It's a heart-warming story of overcoming adversity and building a following without hype"
-- Mojo, February 2009

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Stringer on 4 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I heard one track from this album on Radio 2 and loved it. I was so inspired by what I heard that as soon as I was able to I tracked down the album and bought it - and I have no regrets. The music of this man is wonderful, really relaxing - ideal to listen to when you want to chill out (I wouldn't recommend it for in the car, you might relax too much). I think the album will appeal to a wide range of music lovers.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marie Mccormack on 19 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Geoffery Gurrumul's voice on board a ship in the Southern Ocean; the CD belonged to an Australian lady passenger. The ship had an open bridge policy, and passengers would gather in the evenings to listen to the Captain's choice of classical music. Gurrumul's voice was a perfect background for the wild Ocean and the all-night Antarctic dusk.
When I returned home, I searched in vain for the CD, finally finding it on Amazon. Gurrumul's voice is haunting, pure, heartbreaking. It resonates deep inside, down to places inside you that thought didn't exist.
He was born blind, and sings in his local Maori dialect for the most part; songs of his own tribe, his own life experience. It is a CD to play when you need a quiet time, when the world is crushing you with it's demands; in the car in manic traffic; at home when you need to to to a place in your head where there is a mountain with cool air and gentle sun.
By far the most moving track is "Bapa" or "Papa". You don't need to translate, and it will stay in your head even after one play.
This man's music is going to be huge. He has already achieved cult status in Australia and among world music purists.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Burrows on 8 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I woke up in the middle of the night last week, just couldn't sleep so I turned on my radio and listened to some world music...then a track from this cd came on and absolutely blew me away. I just lay there in the dark and felt so deeply moved!!When it was finished I immediately got out of my bed, went on to Amazon and ordered a copy. I just can't stop listening to this album..the more I do the more magical it becomes.I'm convinced this music could change the world!!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By peter charles on 26 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
The angelic voice and musical backing of the blind Australian aborigine Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu simply swept me away. A completely unexpectedly and delightful album that I am sure I will return to many times. The musical world is bound to catch on to this. Peter Charles, Jerusalem
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Hmmm. Well. Yes and no but mostly no.

A part of me wants to share in the reverence accorded
Mr Yunupingu but another ( and greater ) part of my
listening self has doubts which cannot be easily overcome.

His voice is undeniably pretty. A fragile tenor with an innate
capacity for pathos. A potentially beautiful instrument.

The songs are, however, unremittingly dull.
Mind-numbingly so.

The infantile, four-square, chordal progressions and woefully
limited guitar technique, combined with turgid and repetitively
bland vocal harmonies, quickly become irritating in the extreme.

That he is sincere in his convictions would be cruel to deny but
with 'Gurrumul History ( I Was Born Blind )' I found my musical
and aesthetic credence stretched to it's absolute limit.

So too with 'Marrandil', a truly ghastly composition which,
like much of this album, drones on and on and on....

History, culture, personal pain and creativity might have coalesced
here in music of affecting, transcendent and transformative power.

Strong lyrical sentiment, however, is not nearly enough to convince
me of this project's intended emotional and polemical clout.

Mr Yunupingu's experience and beliefs have not been
served well by songwriting of such torpid ineptitude.

Sorry. I bought it but I don't buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. M. Robinson on 3 Oct. 2009
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I first listened to a track on Radio 2, and thought what beautiful music. Then I heard another track on Jeremey Vine, but unfortunately could not get the name of the performer. I've had to look through various websites before finding his name. I've ordered the CD as I think it will be soulful. The track 'Bapa' nearly reduces me to tears when I've listened to it. What delightful, soulful music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Every now and then you hear something truely amazing and this is it! Gurrumul has a beautiful voice which transports you to a serene place of relaxtion and traquility, having a really stressful job i am totally hooked! Buy it, you wont regret it, we all need relax and kick back with Gurrumul....i cant wait for his next cd!!:-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 12 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD having heard a couple of tracks on Radio 2, Jeremy Vine show... I love Gurrumul's sound, 'though when listening to it from start to finish, it is a bit same-ey, with most of the tracks being very similar in sound, tempo, guitar, etc... Very much a background music CD, but he does have a fab voice.
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