Congratulations to Gawurra for winning NT Song of the Year Award for the second year in a row! The award ceremony was held last weekend on 9 July in Darwin, which saw Gawurra win the pop category again this year, for his song ‘Mulunda’ (Kingfisher).
Since the release of his album in April, Gawurra’s music has been attracting praise from music media around the country:
Rolling Stone – “Ratja Yaliyali (‘Vine of Love’) takes its title and focus from a Yolngu songline of Gawurra’s Milingimbi Island country. It’s an immersive cycle, highly suggestive of the totemic plants, animals, and natural rhythms it celebrates – see “Guwak (Little Black Bird)”, in which Gawurra’s repeating vocal refrain recalls the chirrup of the titular bird. All songs are performed in the Gupapuyngu language, with faultless production from Broadwing framing Gawurra’s expressive, communicative vocal. “Burala (Diving Duck)” entrances with its throbbing desert rock riff, while the album’s electronic tics frequently recall the likes of Múm. Like fellow Yolngu artist Gurrumul, Gawurra commands attention regardless of backdrop”
West Australian “Being considered the next Gurrumul is a label Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu might just have the talent to bear…entrancing singer-songwriter…Ratja Yaliyali (Vine of Love), a beautiful track blending a well-known Yolngu songline with contemporary production from you NT musician Ben Allen, aka Broadwing. Gawurra celebrates the natural wonders of his homeland in Gupapuyngu language across his debut album. Allen helps elevate Gawurra and his people’s stories to a higher plane.”
ABC Melbourne, Clare Bowditch “I‘ve heard your music, it’s glorious”
ABC Darwin, Liz Trevaskis“I reckon he’s a name you will hear more of”
For more information on Gawurra visit his website.