Songs of Aboriginal Australia and Torres Strait

Songs of Aboriginal Australia and Torres Strait

Various Artists FW04102 / FE 4102

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).

Year Released 1964
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1964 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Australia
Culture Group(s) Australian Aborigine; Kokopera; Miriam; Nyamal; Nyangumarda; Umpila; Yindjibarndi; Yinggarda
Instrument(s) Boomerangs; Didjeridu; Guitar; Scraper (Musical instrument); Sticks (Musical instrument); Vocals; Vocals, group
Language(s) Kokopera; Miriam; Nyangumarda; Umpila; Yindjibarndi; Yinggarda
Subject(s) Animals; Bora; Heroic tales; Initiations; Nature; Songs; World music
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101 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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