'Ratja Yaliyali' by GAWURRA

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Description The lead single and title track from Gawurra's debut album 'Ratja Yaliyali' (meaning 'Vine of Love').

Gawurra [pronounced gow-rra] is an extraordinary singer and engaging performer hailing from East Arnhem Land. A contemporary of Gurrumul, he has a deeply resonant voice and musical sensitivity. His debut single Ratja Yaliyali [to be released from a forthcoming album of the same name]; won the 2015 NT Song of the Year Award in the Pop category.

Broadwing an award winning young producer from the NT has given the song [and forthcoming album] an unexpected edge while soulfully blending Gawurra’s traditional & contemporary sound. The instrumentation is built around a resonant vocal, atmospheric guitar, simple drums and a string section that slowly swells throughout the song.

A beautiful melody, and a well-known Yolngu Songline, Ratja Yaliyali [pronounced Rart-ja yarl-i yarl-i] translates to Vine of Love; a thread of love that keeps everything connected. When Yolngu people hear it they feel the spirit in their hearts. If they have a problem or feel gloomy, they listen to Ratja Yaliyali as it touches them and builds their spirit making them stronger and brighter.

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