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Ngarukuruwala - Murli murli la

Ngarukuruwala - Murli murli la
Tiwi songs are items of significant Australian musical heritage that we should all be proud of.

Since 2007, Ngarukuruwala (we sing songs), have shared musical ideas to create new versions of old Tiwi songs. In 2009, Tiwi elders visited AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Studies) in Canberra to reclaim recorded Tiwi ethnographic material, collected by anthropologists over the last century. This was a significant and moving experience for the group as they heard the recorded voices of great-grandfathers, parents and even their younger selves, for the first time.

Exploring musical, cultural and emotional intuitions, Ngarukuruwala have created a series of responses to those recordings with the deceased and the living as co-performers in the studio, creating a personal connection and transmission of experience between them and all of us – performer and audience – past and present. Some are spontaneous ideas, others loosely arranged and some are intricately produced. The result is therefore multi-stylistic and truly unique, with the sounds of the Tiwi bush and of the archives threading it all together.

About this track...

'Murli murli la' tells the story of a girl and a boy who are in love but can't be together. Murli la translates roughly as 'Let's go away together'. Like the old love songs, it's lighthearted entertainment with a deeper (unspoken) understanding of the complications of love and desire.

Other tracks by Ngarukuruwala: Yamparriparri  -  Healing Song For CM  
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State/Territory Artist Is Based In NT
City/Town/Region Artist Is Based In Tiwi Islands
Taken From The Release Titled Ngiya awungarra – I Am Here, Now
Copyright Holder's Name Ngarukuruwala
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Media Servicing Date 2016-12-12
Main Genre Indigenous
Genre 2 World
Genre 3 Jazz
Contains explicit lyrics or themes that may offend some listeners No
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