Gawurra wins 4x NIMA Awards
“Gawurra celebrates the natural wonders of his homeland in Gupapuyngu language across his debut album” – West Australian
Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu is a Yolngu performer hailing from Arnhem Land with a deeply resonant voice and musical sensitivity to match. He was born on the Gove Peninsula and spent time as a child on his grandmother’s land of Yathalamara before moving to live on Milingimbi Island with his family.
Gawurra won the NT Song of the Year in the Pop category last year for the demo version of his song ‘Ratja Yaliyali’, which was the lead single on his debut album of the same name, released on 8 April this year through CAAMA Music. A beautiful melody, and a well-known Yolngu Songline, Ratja Yaliyali [pronounced Rart-ja yarl-i yarl-i] translates to Vine of Love; a thread of love that keeps everything connected. When Yolngu people hear it they feel the spirit in their hearts. If they have a problem or feel gloomy, they listen to Ratja Yaliyali as it touches them and builds their spirit making them stronger and brighter.
On 10th June, the day of the debut of his second single, Burala (Diving Duck) his album was #1 on the iTunes world music chart in Australia.
This year he won four NIMA awards, including new talent of the year, best film clip, cover art and album, Gawurra has felt a very warm welcome from the music industry. He stated “I feel proud and I want to do this. When I heard the nominations, my spirit lifted up, making me strong to keep doing what I’m focusing on.”
Gawurra is a gentle and genuine young leader. He is due to be an Elder in his community; the Old people gave him this knowledge and power. It is important for him to teach his kids, brothers and sisters the ‘right way’. Gawurra is passionate about keeping his Gupapungu language strong.
Performances this year include Nannup Music Festival (WA), Basin Festival (VIC), Federation Square & The Marngrook Footy Show. Upcoming performances include Walking With Spirits Festival, Garma Festival and will be supporting Peter Garrett at Darwin Festival.