Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu came to Barunga, captured our hearts and left us all better for it. My report from day 2 of the 2013 Barunga Festival.
Michael Coggan: It can be a real problem - particularly coming from a western culture and not having seen Aboriginal communities before. When journalists go to a community for a day - and as a journalist that is usually what you do - fly-in, fly-out, or drive-in, drive-out. We usually have no idea of the cultural and long-term context of what is going on in the communities that we travel to. Unless you have got very good contacts in those communities. Thankfully often we do, but it is very easy for reporters that don't spend a lot of time on the ground to come in and say "Oh, it is all just a mess - we need to report on this, there will be a political & media focus on this and then it will be fixed."
The best band of the night for mine on the night was the Iwantja Band from the remote South Australia town of Indulkana. They didn't have the slick moves and showmanship of Papunya's Tjupi Band but they sure had their musical chops down.