Yothu Yindi to play HOSW8 Closing Concert
Yothu Yindi are reforming with their children and grandchildren for the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Closing Concert. Don’t miss out on seeing this awesome performance.
Iconic ARIA Hall of Fame band Yothu Yindi is responsible for anthems such as Treaty and is one of the most successful and recognised bands to come out of Australia. Formed in 1986, the band has combined traditional and contemporary culture into a fusion that has had audiences dancing feverously for decades.
Now, in the First Nations’ culture of reciprocity and inter-generational sharing, the daughter of the lead singer, Dr M Yunupiŋu, and family members of original founders of the band celebrate the songs and the memories of those who have created and gone before them.
Original band members Witiyana Marika, Stu Kellaway and Kevin Malngay Yunupinŋu are joined by the next generation of talent, Dhapanbal Yunipiŋu, Yirrnga Yunupiŋu and Yimila Gurruwiwi, along with Roy Kellaway. Family and friends Shellie Morris, Matt “Marine Boy” Cunliffe and Ben Hakalitz round out the stellar line up.
Bringing its trademark melding of traditional and contemporary Yolŋu culture together to promote unity and inclusion, Yothu Yindi has had a few incarnations over the years, including Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project, launched in 2017 to push the issue of Treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the forefront of the Australian psyche.
Yothu Yindi’s most widely known song “Treaty” peaked at No. 11 on the ARIA singles charts in 1991 and the related album Tribal Voice peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA albums charts. In December 2012, the band was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the ARIA Music Awards of 2012.
Yothu Yindi translates in the north-east Arnhem Land dialect of Yolŋu Matha to “child and mother” and is essentially a kinship term referring to the connection the Yolŋu clans of north-east Arnhem Land have between themselves.
Hall of Fame Interview (** this interview contains images and voices of deceased people)