Name: Gapanbulu Yunupiŋu
Clan: Gumatj
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland/residency: Birany Birany

“Gapanbulu is the grandson of Yothu Yindi lead singer Mandawuy Yunupiŋu, and for several years was the yiḏaki player with the band. As such, he has performed everywhere from small communities in Arnhem land to major events all over the world.
Being an excellent yiḏaki player, he is able to identify and craft top quality instruments. The finished quality of his work shows his attention to detail and understanding of what the non-Aboriginal didjeridu market prefer. His yiḏaki often have exceptional playing characteristics which are now well know by didjeridu musicians and collectors world-wide.” Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre

See below the selection of yiḏaki made by Gapanbulu

 

  • A solid yiḏaki with tick walls, natural chamber, conical shape, open bell and superb playing qualities. The sound is rich in overtones and acoustics, the instrument is super-responsive to tongue and lip movements, the backpressure is well-balanced and makes this excellent instrument effortless to play.

    Gapanbulu is one of the players of the renowned Yothu Yindi band, he is a master-maker of our time with good understanding of the traditional context of the didgeridoo of Northeast Arnhem Land.

    I highly recommend this yiḏaki for those, who are looking for a top-quality traditional instrument.

    Listen to this yiḏaki here:

  • A great yiḏaki with excellent playability and superb craftsmanship. The sound is in the mid-range, warm and has a lots of depth to it. The wall is thin (look at the mouthpiece) and resonate well.

    Gapanbulu is one of the players of the renowned Yothu Yindi band, he is a master-maker of our time with good understanding of the traditional context of the didgeridoo of Northeast Arnhem Land.

    I highly recommend this yiḏaki for those, who are looking for a great yiḏaki to start to practice traditional playing styles.

    Listen to this yiḏaki here:

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