Gurrumul's spirit lives on in song

Indigenous songwriter Gurrumul's first anthology to be released

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IDENTITY AND SPIRIT: Late Indigenous singer songwriter Gurrumul's first anthology will be released on September 10. Photo: Carlo Santone

IDENTITY AND SPIRIT: Late Indigenous singer songwriter Gurrumul's first anthology will be released on September 10. Photo: Carlo Santone

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His emotive voice caught the world's attention. Now Gurrumul's first anthology is here.

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HE provided music lovers around the world with an insight into the power of identity and spirit. Now Gurrumul's spirit lives on through the release of his first anthology.

The Gurrumul Story is set to be released through DECCA Australia.

The collection features all of Gurrumul's most popular and enduring songs and will be available on digital platforms, CD, a CD and DVD deluxe package and vinyl from September 10.

The Indigenous Australian singer/songwriter, who was born blind in 1971, grew up on Elcho Island (Galiwin'ku) off the coast of tropical North East Arnhem land.

He was a member of the Gumatj clan and speaker of the Yolngu language. His songs explored concepts such as identity, spirit and the land including our connection to it and the ancestral beings who are related to it.

Gurrumul, who passed away in 2017 following a long illness, garnered international acclaim following the release of his self-titled debut album in 2008.

Watch the video for Wiyathul

The emotive debut earned praise from some of the world's top recording artists including Elton John, will.i.am, Sting, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder.

Gurrumul has sold more than half a million albums to date, won nine ARIA awards and was posthumously named Australian of the Year in 2018.

The anthology contains alternate versions of two of his most popular songs - a brand new orchestral version of his breakthrough hit Wiyathul and a duet version of Bayini featuring Sarah Blasko.

The first official music video for Wiyathul has been released in celebration of the anthology.

The Deluxe CD+DVD Edition also features a 25-minute documentary chronicling Gurrumul's rise to fame, his four studio albums and a selection of music videos.

To pre-order the album click here.

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