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...
renowned songman Tungutalum (who died in 1935). It is an excellent example
of the skilled way in which singers of the old language created poetry in a
series of metrical units whilst extemporizing on specific subject matter.
Other tracks by Ngarukuruwala: Murli murli la - Healing Song For CM
|Number Of People In Act||Ensemble|
|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|
|Media Servicing Date||2016-12-12|
|Contains explicit lyrics or themes that may offend some listeners||No|
|Artist Official Web Site||http://www.undercovermusic.com.au/ngarukuruwala.htm|
|Artist Social Network Page||https://www.facebook.com/NgarukuruwalaWeSingSongs/|
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|Online Store Page 2||http://www.undercovermusic.com.au/orderform.html?Album=%27Ngiya%20&%20awungarra%20%27&Artist=Ngarukuruwala;CatNumber=RRR75&Label=Rouseabout%20Records|
|Content Provider||Undercover Music|