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Waak Waak Djungi ‎- Waak Waak ga Min Min

Waak Waak Djungi
Waak Waak ga Min Min
Label: Efficient Space
Catalog Number: ES006
Released: 2018, 90's
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Compiled and reissued by the ever reliable Efficient Space, Waak Waak ga Min Min presents the contemporary works of Indigenous Australian outfit Waak Waak Djungi, a group of Australian aboriginal musicians belonging to the Yolngu tribe, an indigenous people from the far northeast territory of Arnhem Land. In the mid 90’s these Yolngu song men set out to record modern reinterpretations of ceremonial songs resulting with the 1997 CD only release Crow Fire Music. The release remained largely unknown until it was rediscovered nearly decades later, filed away in a Melbourne community radio station library. Deep and transcendent traditional vocal soundscapes meet sweeping panoramic synths and downtempo grooves added by Victorian producer and “New Ager” Peter Mumme. It’s another record showcasing the power in connecting past to future, celebrating traditional themes while also embracing the contemporary. A captivating listen, rich with Yolngu stories of “black crows and white cockatoos, sharing, creation spirits, of leaving and returning home,” Waak Waak ga Min Min is a beautiful sonic offering and a celebratory look into the richness of Australian aboriginal culture.

– DM

Recommended – Mother I’m Going, Djambaku, Rainbow Serpent

Tags: Aboriginal / CD / Downtempo
Tracklist:

A1 Rainbow Serpent
A2 Djambaku
A3 White Cockatoo
B1 Mother I’m Going
B2 Gandi Bawong
B3 Black Crow

Credits:

Vocals – Bobby Bununggurr (A1,A2,A3)

Vocals – Jimmy Djamunba (B1,B2,B3)

Vocals – Peter Milaynga (B2)

Synthesizer – Peter Mumme

Percussion – Allen Murphy

Didjeridu – Bobby Bununggurr

All tracks recorded and produced – Peter Mumme

Traditional Malibhir clan songs – A1,A2

Traditional Marangu Clan funeral song – B3 

Field recordings captured at the Goyder River and dawn forests near Ramingining, and the Yarra Valley near Christmas Hills

Cover painting – Bobby Bununggurr

Graphic design – Steele Bonus

Remastering – Mikey Young

Compiled by – Andrew Wilson, Michael Kucyk

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