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Gurumool to be inducted into NIMA’s Hall of Fame – Billboard

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Geoffrey Gurmull Unupingu, the late Indigenous Australian singer whose rare gifts were described by Quincy Jones as “incredible”, will be inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame with a celebration during 2022. National Indigenous Music Award This Saturday (August 6th).

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On the night, Gurumul will be remembered with a tribute by fellow Saltwater band member Manuel Dhurke.

Blind by birth and raised in the remote Galliwinku community on Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Yunupingu was recognized as one of Australia’s great talents when he died in 2017 at the age of 46.

Gurumool left an indelible mark on the music scene of Australia. His solo success came with his first 2008 album. GurmooliLocally released by Skinnyfish Music and MGM.

Sung entirely in his native Yolngu language, the LP peaked at number 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart following his stellar performance at the 2008 ARIA Awards, where he collected a pair of trophies for Best World Album and Best Independent Release. One he earned in 1992 with the “treaty” band Yothu Yindi.

His followup LPS rakala And gospel album Both reached number 3 in their homeland.

Gurumul made history a year after his death Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and became the first LP in an indigenous language to lead a national survey. Jarimiri Australian Music Award, and Gurmull posthumously won four ARIA Awards, including Best Male Artist.

That same year, his life and extraordinary talents were explored in a feature-length documentary, Gurmooli,

His posthumous induction saw Gurmull join the likes of previous inductees including the Varumpi Band, the late Archie Roach, Kev Carmody and Yothu Yindi, and his works would be further celebrated with an exhibition in Melbourne. Australian Music Vault From this Friday (August 5), and a special performance tomorrow (August 4) of his music in Darwin.

NIMA, the first in-person ceremony since 2019, will also honor the life of Archie Roach, who passed on Saturday (July 30) at 66.

“NIMAs play an incredibly important role in championing emerging artists and honoring legends in the First Nations music community,” says Adam Manovic, Head of Entertainment, Events and Creative, NITV.

“We are proud to once again support this incredible concert, and share Australia’s greatest and brightest First Nations talent with our broadcast.

With four nominations, Barka, Malyangpa and Barkindji are female and rising stars, in the box seat, while singer and rapper Baker Boy has three chances, including artist of the year.

Nominees This time The Kid Laroi, Jessica Mauboy, Electric Fields, King Stingray, Miescha, Mo Xu, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, Birdz, Dallas Woods, Archie Roach and Tasman Keith.

The show will take place at the Darwin Amphitheater, presented by Amazon Music, and will air in Australia on NITV, SBS Viceland, NIRS, Facebook and SBS On Demand.

The Northern Territory Government and the Australia Council for the Arts are supporters of the annual event, in association with the Darwin Festival.



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