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Aboriginal Profile

  • Related Artists: Gurrumul, Archie Roach
  • Related Countries: Australia

With a history stretching back at least 50,000 years, the indigenous people of Australia are part of one of the world’s oldest cultures.

Preserving their ancient heritage through a complex oral tradition of mythological ‘Dreamtime’ stories, music has played a central role in maintaining cultural identity and an enduring connection to the land via ancestral dreaming-tracks known as songlines.

From the traditional sounds of voice, bilma (clapsticks) and yidaki (didgeridoo) through to contemporary singer-songwriters, rock bands and Aboriginal hip-hop, there’s a rich diversity of styles on offer.

Key artists include the group Yothu Yindi, troubadours Kev Carmody, Archie Roach and Ruby Turner and the late blind singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

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