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Ratja Yaliyali is the debut album by Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu from Milingimbi, Arnhem Land. A double album, it features a bonus disc of traditional songs which isn’t available on iTunes.
Sung in the Gupapuyngu language of East Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia, the title for this song and the lead single ‘Ratja Yali Yali’ means ‘vine of love’. Ratja Yaliyali is a songline coming from a long time ago. It is the thread of love that keeps everything connected. People feel the spirit of Ratja Yaliyali, feelings fading and coming back again. Ratja Yaliyali is a spirit, like the wind…
Gawurra won the NT song of the Year Award in the pop category for his song ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ in 2015, which is the title-track from this debut album.