Vale Dr G. Yunupingu

Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017

APRA AMCOS was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr G. Yunupingu yesterday. An APRA member since 1992, he will be remembered as one of Australia's most important songwriters and musicians, sharing songs in his native Yolngu language with the world.

Born blind, he grew up as a member of the Gumatj clan on Elcho Island, off the coast of tropical North East Arnhem Land. A former member of Yothu Yindi, and later the Saltwater Band, it was his debut solo album, released in 2008, that brought him worldwide acclaim - reaching triple Platinum sales in Australia, Silver sales in the UK and charting in many countries. Dr G. Yunupingu released two subsequent Top 5 studio albums, Rrakala, and The Gospel Album. He received five ARIA awards, APRA's 2009 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year award, and performed at APRA's 2008 Song Summit.

"We've lost an extraordinary musical talent. He brought the heritage of Indigenous music to mainstream Australia and the world, transcending cultural boundaries. His legacy will continue through his enduring songs." APRA AMCOS Chief Executive, Brett Cottle

In 2011 Rolling Stone Australia declared him 'Australia's Most Important Voice'.

Dr G. Yunupingu passed away at the age of 46 in Darwin, after a long illness. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and community.

The family has requested that Dr G. Yunupingu's image not be published.


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