Yilila

24 Whimbrel Cres Wulagi
0812 Darwin
Australia

http://www.yilila.com

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participating in

  • WOMEX 2009
  • WOMEX 2005
  • WOMEX 2003

company description

Yilila come from one of Australia’s most remote Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. Yilila perform high energy roots and world music with displays of colorful traditional Red Flag dancing. Red Flag Songs and Dances belong to the band’s Nundhirribala clan and have come from hundreds of years of contact with the Maccassan traders from Indonesia. Yilila’s songs are rooted in traditional Aboriginal, reggae and rock music and from there they look to the rest of the world for inspiration and sounds. Yilila have previously collaborated/performed with artists like Zakir Hussein, Raka Mukherjee, Sultan Khan, John Butler and David Bridie.



Yilila’s lead vocalist Grant Nundhirribala is a master of traditiional music and a highly respected song man and dancer in Arnhem Land. He has recently won 6 awards for his work and has had professional experience dancing and singing with Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Ballet Company and Yothu Yindi. Yilila’s first CD “Manilamanila” won 2 awards for “best release” and “song of the year”. Yiliila mix traditional songs and dance into their live performance, giving an unprecented show of traditional Aboriginal music and dance seemlessly melded with contemporary grooves. Grant Nundhirribala’s mixture of traditional and contemporary singing stands up against other vocal legends of the world music scene, with powerful songs in Wubuy, Anindilyakwa, Maccassan language and English.

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