Ratja Yaliyali, the debut album by East Arnhem Land musician Gawurra has resounded deeply and captured the attention of both the music industry and the general public. This week the album reached the No.1 spot on the iTunes world music chart and record label CAAMA Music is reporting strong sales for both digital and physical formats.
The second single from this stunning debut is the opening track Burala, released Friday 6 June through CAAMA Music. This single showcases the “faultless production” and post Nordic rock vibes that give the album its edge.
Rolling Stone Magazine “…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.” Gareth Hipwell – June 2016
Burala is a Songline about the diving duck who looks for fish in fresh water and saltwater. “He connects people from different places”, says Gawurra. A particularly pertinent track considering the singer from the remote island of Millingimbi in East Arnhem Land has recently moved himself and his family to Melbourne to further his musical career. The move has proven fruitful and earned him much high acclaim resulting in performance offers around the country. After much consideration Gawurra has chosen to premiere his live concert performance of the album Ratja Yaliyali at the Walking With Spirits Festival in Beswick NT on Saturday July 23rd. An annual event well regarded as one of this country’s most spiritually spectacular Aboriginal cultural festivals. ”It makes so much sense for someone as spiritually toned as Gawurra to premiere this beautiful body of music at Walking With Spirits, says the festival’s Artistic Director Tom E. Lewis. Just announced this week is a support gig with Peter Garrett at this year’s Darwin Festival.