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Rrakala

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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 (26 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dramatico
  • ASIN: B005CAD7FI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rrakala taps into old songs from Gurrumul’s band, his family's songwriting, his new material and presents a choice of songs that reflect deeper into his Aboriginal identity. Showcased for the first time are his exceptional skills on piano, drums, nylon string acoustic guitar, electric and acoustic guitars.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. 26 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who is blind, is the Aboriginal answer to Stevie Wonder. Born on an island off the coast of Arnhem Land, northern Australia in 1970, he never learned Braille and has only a few words of English, but the expressiveness of his singing - though his lyrics are in Yolngu - goes straight to the heart in whatever linguistic context it is heard.

His voice is wonderfully smooth and sweet, and his self-accompaniment on the guitar (left-handed on a right-hand-strung instrument) gently powers his songs along, backed by the Saltwater Band.

His first album, "Gurrumul", put him straight into the stratosphere, with sales topping 140,000 in Australia alone. Sting described him as having "the voice of a higher being", while the Sydney Morning Herald hailed him as "the greatest voice this continent has ever recorded".

"Rrakala" looks like breaking new records. The first song is a freewheeling celebration of the tuna which leap and dive in the waters of Arnhem Land; the title of the second - being the name his Gumatj people call themselves - celebrates their solidarity and shared ancestry.

"Let's all sit together, watch the sea, contemplate the changing tide" begins the next song, with his voice descanting over delicately-added backing vocals. Here he plays a nylon-string guitar, and his overlaid work on piano and brushed drums testify to a high level of musicianship.

Every song reflects his belief in the eternal interconnectedness of his people and their environment: it all passes in a sweet trance. M. Church.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Beautiful 3 Oct 2011
By batman
Format:Audio CD
This album contains some of the most beautiful,melodic and moving singing I have ever heard.Gurrumuls voice is like nothing I have ever heard before,I wish that more people were aware of it.It is impossible to know which category it fits as there is
nothing to compare it with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars joy 4 April 2012
By samuel
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very rarely you hear a piece of music and know immediately that it is one of the most sumptuously beautiful pieces of music you have ever heard but this is one of those rare occassions. The music is simple but washes over you , it is so pure and clean , an absolute delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gurrumul Rrakala 8 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I decided to buy this after hearing Gurrumul sing on Gary barlow's Jubilee song,Sing. I find it absolutely beautiful. The album is sung entirely in the Australian language with no English and is all about ancestry,country and the earth and its elements and how the Australian Aboriginal people regard those things. There is an excellent booklet included with the album which translates the tracks into English but I found, that when listening, I did not need to know the words but am just content to drift on the beauty of Gurrumul's voice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rrakala 29 Oct 2011
By Lisa DC
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Lovely relaxing pieces of music, only criticism is that each song sounds similar to the previous one. If you like this style then it's an excellent choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublime 27 Oct 2013
By PHILO 1
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The best c.d i've heard for a long time...a gift from my brother who has exceptionally good taste.
Yoiu will not be disappointed Gurrumul has a voice so pure it is transcendent
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music 4 Sep 2013
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This man has such a beautiful gift of music. So honoured he wants to share it with all the world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb listening 21 April 2013
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My sister in law loaned us his first CD when we visited Australia in 2010. It became a haunting accompaniment for our long drive up the East coast from Melbourne to Brisbane. I reluctantly returned the CD, but soon bought my own copy. It was a clear "no-brainer" that I would also buy his follow up CD. We have not been disappointed. He is a blind aboriginal singer with a truly remarkable talent. All tracks are sung in Gurrumul's native aboriginal dialect, but an accompanying booklet provides an English translation. Another hauntingly beautiful album that can be played over and over and over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Love all the tracks, all of them are melodious and relaxing. Love his voice. Leaves me wanting to hear more of this Artist.
Published 15 months ago by Aitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Mum
I purchased this as a gift for my Mum. She was thrilled as she's a big fan. No doubt this will be played and played. Talented man.
Published 15 months ago by Miss Elizabeth K Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful
I love this guy, he has the voice of an angel. I have other CD's of his, and this one did not disappoint. Takes me to another place!
Published 19 months ago by Nettie
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought after Jubilee Concert
Bought this as a present for my Dad after he heard Gurrumul on the Jubilee concert. I haven't heard the album myself but Dad is really impressed with it
Published 21 months ago by Lozsul
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a listen
I ordered this after watching the documentary for the Jubilee song "Sing"' with Gary Barlow. I was captivated by the voice and guitar sound of Gurrumul. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mandap
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended
I bought both CD's after seeing Gurrumul in the Gary Barlow documentary. His music really focussed me and made me sit up and listen yet relax at the same time. Read more
Published 21 months ago by holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Rrakala
Simply in one word, beautiful! Thanks to Gary Barlow for bringing him to our attention. Also purchased Gurrumul's previous CD and looking forward to its arrival.
Published 22 months ago by Lollypop
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a present.
This was bought for my daughter's partner. I had never heard of the artist before, so was glad to be able to find it easily. He loved it and I enjoyed listening to it!
Published 22 months ago by Fiesta
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