Magazine article New Internationalist

(Yothu Yindi. Freedom)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Yothu Yindi. Freedom)

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Yothu Yindi is an Australian phenomenon. Led by singer and guitarist Mandawuy Yunupingti, the Yothus are part Yolungus (aboriginals) and part Balandas (non - aboriginals). Since its formation eight years ago the 10 - piece band has cut an independent swathe through Australia's pre - dominantly rock - orientated output. Playing traditional music rocked - up for a diverse audience, the content celebrates aboriginal culture while simultaneously containing a powerful political voice. The song Mabo, for example, begins with the words 'Terra nullus' - the Latin for 'empty land' - referring to the European colonialists' false view of the Australian territory as devoid of human habitation.

This album is filled with accounts of aboriginal dreams, customs and tribal wisdom. The modern world - with its land - rights campaigns - is also ever - present and the sense of the interconnectedness of human and natural existence flows through the music. …

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