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.
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.
Now based in the regional centre of Tennant Creek Lex and Joe were instrumental in the establishment and continuing development of the Winanjjikari Music Centre that has grown to become one of Australia’s leading Indigenous music studios in the country. And it is from that studio that the latest Tableland Drifters, “Land Down Under” album has come.
Today the good folks over at the ABC radio station JJJ gave us a little concert - for free. Five bands - the Tjupi Band from Papunya, a few hundred k's north-west of Alice, and some other bands from somewhere else played as well.