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Yothu Yindi

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This multiracial Australian band (the name is an Australian aboriginal phrase for ‘Mother Child’) blended native and white sounds and sentiments.

Yothu Yindi were founded in 1986, the year of Australia’s bicentennial, and practiced a highly politicised and nationalistic form of music making.

Drawing from sounds as diverse as the didgeridoo and the electric guitar, and finding great thematic inspiration in Bob Marley, Yothu Yindi played for cultural harmony and aboriginal integrity.

Their albums included Tribal Voice (1992) – which included their hit single Treaty (1991) and Freedom (1993).

Treaty was the first single by an Aboriginal band to chart in Australia and spent 30 weeks in the Top 100.

Singer Mandawuy Yunupingu was named Australian of the Year in 1993, the year the Native Title Act was introduced in Australian federal parliament. Yunupingu died in 2013.

Galarrwuy Yunupingu
Vocals
Mandawuy Yunupingu
Vocals, guitar
Jodie Cockatoo
Vocals
Cal Williams
Guitar
Gurrumul Yunupingu
Keyboards, percussion, guitar, vocals
Mikayngu Mununggurr
Didgeridoo
Makuma Yunupingu
Didgeridoo
Stuart Kellaway
Bass, guitar
Hughie Benjamin
Drums
Allen Murphy
Drums
Andrew Belletty
Drums
Banula Marika
Dancer
Bunimbirr Marika
Didgeridoo
Witiyana Marika
Dancer, vocals
Mangatjay Yunupingu
Dancer

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