Richard A. Waterman – Yirrkala Recordings 1952 / The Mulka Project
“These are songs of old men who passed on. They were recorded by Elders in 1952…The old men have recorded these songs, so they can pass their stories and their knowledge to you younger generations. Listen the Dhuwa and Yirritja CDs and learn them…”
There is nothing more we can add to these words. This double CD set up to two sections, Yirritja and Dhuwa that are the fundamental ground of the Yolŋu cosmology. Contains songs of 10 different clans, sung by real legends – I won`t go any further than that, leave you to explore this unique compilation. Maybe one more thing…the yiḏaki accompaniments are one of the bests you can find on commercial CDs, so it is really worth to get a copy.
Richard Alan Waterman (1914-1971) is an influential American anthropologist, ethnomusicologist and jazz musician; he studied the different folk music of the world, conducted many field trips to Africa, the Americas and Australia; he spent a year in Yirrkala, in East Arnhem Land in 1952.