Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu "Wiyathul"

You simply have to hear it.

Barbara Dacey and I had the exact same response to this song . . . it’s going to be just like that Hawaiian version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” recorded by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, which has become familiar to folks through YouTube and film and TV placement.

Check out the second video, which is a short bio that led into a performance at the ARIA Awards (Down Under Grammys), that tells Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s story, and gives you insight into the impact he’s already had in his native Australia.

Maybe the greatest promo hype line that I’ve ever read, was that this remarkable singer “will change the way you breathe.” And while that might be hyperbole, it’s not hard to figure out why people are so enamored of this music.

You simply have to hear it.

. . . and if you're not familiar with him: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

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