East Arnhem Live showcasing Yolŋu musicians to the world
Our East Arnhem Live series has really struck a chord with the world! What started with chats between Yolŋu Radio manager Nicholas O’Riley and some local musicians about how COVID-19 had caused the cancellations of the different Arnhem Land festivals, the lifeblood of local bands, has led to tens of thousands of people all over the world tuning into to watch the best artists East Arnhem Land has to offer.
Nicholas thought that recording and streaming gigs with musicians on amazing scenery from Yolŋu country might interest people looking for ways to take their mind off COVID-19. One thing led to another and before we knew it, Developing East Arnhem Limited (DEAL) and Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation came on board as sponsors and we have been blown away by the response,with up to 120 000 views for some of the shows and media interest from around the world.
After the first week’s performance by Yirrnga Yunupingu, artists have included the Andrew Gurruwiwi Band, Yirrmal, Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Djakapurra Munyarryun and a buŋgul (a traditional dance and song ceremony) by the Rirratjiŋu clan. And with Yothu Yindi, Eazy 5 and East Journey announced as upcoming acts, interest in East Arnhem Live remains strong, especially since Melbourne’s Federation Square has joined in the fun, offering an East Arnhem Land experience valued at over $9 000 for two viewers.
How are we going to top this? Watch this space!
Photo: The Rirratjiŋu clan performed a traditional buŋgul as part of East Arnhem Live.