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Songs of Aboriginal Australia and Torres Strait

Various Artists
Songs of Aboriginal Australia and Torres Strait

Despite making up only a small percentage of the country’s total population, the aboriginal tribes of Australia are incredibly diverse and speak over 200 distinct languages. This recording features songs by aboriginal tribes from Western Australia, North Queensland, and the Torres Strait. Didjeridu player Albert (no last name given in liner notes), who uses a five foot didjeridu made from a hollowed out telegraph pole, can be heard on a number of tracks. Many of the songs on the recording have been passed from tribe to tribe, which has made the lyrics difficult to translate. Nevertheless, the songs’ meaning is still understood within the framework of ceremonial music. The liner notes feature photographs, musical transcription, and lyrics in the native languages and in English (where translation is possible).

Track Listing

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Song with didjeridu Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 1:12
102
Song with didjeridu Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:52
103
Song with didjeridu Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 1:04
104
Untitled Song Albert 0:53
105
Untitled Song Albert 1:06
106
Untitled Song Albert 0:59
107
Untitled Song Albert 1:00
108
Untitled Song Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:55
109
Untitled Song Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 1:02
110
Untitled Song Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:57
111
Untitled Song Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 1:31
112
Untitled Song Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:58
113
Untitled Song Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 1:44
114
Song by Kupangu Kupangu 1:42
115
Song by Kupangu Kupangu 0:43
116
Song by Kupangu Kupangu 0:41
117
Song by Kupangu Kupangu 0:51
118
Song by Kupangu Kupangu 0:41
119
Song by Kupangu Kupangu 0:42
120
Untitled Song Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:52
121
Song by male group Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:46
122
Song by male group Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:41
123
Song by male group Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:45
124
Song by male group Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 1:00
125
Song by male group Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:41
126
Song by male group Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:45
127
Song by male group Group of male singers, Nyangumarda 0:49
128
Male solo Yindjibarndi man 0:45
129
Male solo Yindjibarndi man 0:28
130
Female group Group of Yindjibarndi women 0:45
131
Female group Group of Yindjibarndi women 0:36
132
Song by Albert and Rosie Albert and Rosie 0:52
133
Song by Albert and Rosie Albert and Rosie 0:51
134
Song by Christopher Jeffrey Christopher Jeffrey 0:57
135
Song by Christopher Jeffrey Christopher Jeffrey 0:40
136
Ti· Ti Peter Creek and Furry Short 0:28
137
Bora Peter Creek and Furry Short 0:55
138
Way keriba ged John Bon 1:42
139
A99 John Bon 2:19
140
Keyp Yok Adud Ged John Bon 2:05
141
Song by John Bon John Bon 1:47

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