Name: Ŋoŋu Ganambarr
Clan: Daṯiwuy
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Rorruwuy
Residency: Dhälinybuy

“Ŋoŋu is respected as a law-man for the Daṯiwuy clan and is gradually assuming more leadership responsibilities from his father, Manydjarri Ganambarr, a highly respected ceremonial expert. As part of these responsibilities, in 2015, Ŋoŋu began to produce sculpted larrakitj in his family’s style under the watchful direction of his djuŋgaya (manager) from the Yirritja moiety, Buwathay Munyarryun. These larrakitj are intricately painted with sacred clan designs.
Ŋoŋu makes consistently excellent yiḏaki. He is well known for selecting specific trees that often have completely natural bores and narrow chambers through the top section, producing instruments that have acoustics reminiscent of older style yiḏaki, ie. prior to modern tools; what some would call more ‘traditional.’ His yiḏaki are often painted with sacred designs depicting the freshwater system of Dhalinybuy, his mother’s country. More recently, Ŋoŋu has been painting his yiḏaki with sacred designs from his father’s country that sometimes refer to the saltwater regions off the coast of Rorruwuy community, where the actions of Mana the ancestral shark intimated relationships to the Datiwuy clan.” Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre

See below examples of yiḏaki made by Ŋoŋu.

  • This instrument might be a challenging one for many players due to its extremely high backpressure. Although yiḏaki with high pressure is not popular amongst the (non-Indigenous) players, I often recommend these instruments to challenge skills and muscles. It also helps you to understand the dynamics of the didgeridoo in general. So if you do not have one, here is one for you from a master maker on a good price!

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  • Another great work from Ŋoŋu with balanced sound and backpressure, medium volume and good quality craftsmanship. I recommend this instrument for those, who are following the traditional playing techniques of the Northeast Arnhem Land region.

    Listen to this mago here:
  • Another great traditional yiḏaki from a busy maker from Dhalinybuy outstation, about 2 hours drive from Nhulunbuy. The backpressure is medium to high, the instrument is responsive, the toot is easy to hit. The sound is a little bit confined and a ‘dirty’ feel that I like very much. The bright and stunning painting is made by using natural colours, the design is one of the most used Daṯiwuy clan pattern painted by Ŋoŋu.

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  • An easy player instrument with open bore, medium backpressure and rich drone. The transition between the drone and the toot is easy, and the size and shape of the mouthpiece make the dups very easy to hit. A top-quality, 100% natural yiḏaki for trad-heads.

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  • A classic stick from Ŋoŋu: well balanced instrument with confined chamber, medium to high backpressure and top-quality craftsmanship. The mouthpiece is comfortable, the toot is easy to hit and sound great. I recommend this instrument for players who are following traditional playing styles.

    Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A solid yiḏaki from Ŋoṉu with thick walls and great acoustics. The mouthpiece is comfortable, the bell is well worked-out, the backpressure is medium and lets you to roll rhythms effortless. The dups are easy to hit and sound great above the drone. The sound is rich and has lots of depth to it, especially when the instrument is warmed up. I recommend this instrument for those traditional and contemporary players who are looking for a great traditional didgeridoo.

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  • One of the best instrument we have in the stock at the moment. A classic stick from Ŋoŋu: balanced instrument with high backpressure, the transition between the drone and the toot is easy and sound absolutely fantastic (I cannot stop hitting the dups), and the artwork has high cultural integrity. I cannot speak highly enough about this instrument, I recommend it to those players who are practicing traditional playing styles. You won't be disappointed!

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  • A straight-forward great yiḏaki from Ŋoŋu with medium backpressure, and easy transition between the horn and drone. The sound has a nice warm feel to it, especially after a few minutes as it warms up. I recommend this great stick for both traditional and contemporary players - a great value for money!

    Key: D Length: 146cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3-3.2cm Available from Sydney, Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Another great work from Ŋoŋu, recommended for collectors and yiḏaki fans. The playing characteristics as we got used to from this maker: medium to high backpressure, easy transition between the drone and toot and superb craftsmanship and artwork. Another extra thing I love about this instrument is the overtones that are a little shadowed and compressed, that gives the sound some 'dirty' or 'murky' feel. I did get lost listening to these unique harmonics while playing.

    Key: E Length: 142cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping

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  • A top-quality yiḏaki from Northeast Arnhem Land with high cultural integrity and superb playing qualities. The sound has rich acoustics, and warm characteristics. The dups are easy to hit, the backpressure is in the medium range. I recommend this instrument for those players, who are looking for a two-in-one instrument to practice traditional playing styles painted with stunning Yolŋu miny'tji.

    Key: Eb-E/F# Lenght: 140cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Another high-quality instrument delivered by master Ŋoŋu: clear sound rich in acoustics, responsive and easy to play stick with medium, well-balanced backpressure. I recommend this excellent yiḏaki for those who appreciate the traditional playing styles of the East Arnhem region.

    Key: E Length: 142.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Sydney, Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Another top quality traditional didgeridoo from master Ŋoŋu: medium backpressure, sharp acoustics, responsive to tongue movements, great transition between drone and toot, tapered shape and superb craftsmanship. As usual, the detailed artwork is stunning, painted with natural pigments. I recommend this great yiḏaki for traditional players and art collectors.

    Key: Eb Length: 144cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.5cm Available from NSW, Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A great yiḏaki from Ŋoŋu with medium backpressure, easy transition between the horn and drone; the instrument is responsive to tongue and lip movements. The sound has a murky feel to it, that gives interesting, unusual acoustics to its sound.

    Key: Eb Length: 140cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8cm AVAILABLE WITH DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY WITHIN AUSTRALIA. For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A unique yiḏaki from Ŋoŋu with medium backpressure, easy transition between the horn and drone and murky sound and exceptional acoustics. I recommend this instrument for trad-players who are after something special for their collection.

    Key: F# Length: 128.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.2cm

    Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping.

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  • A 'super-sonic' yiḏaki from Ŋoŋu: the instrument is responsive to tongue and cheek movements, the backpressure is high but well-balanced, the transition between the drone and toot is very easy. Even though this instrument looks like a slim, tiny and short stick, don't be confused, it is a power-house. I highly recommend this instrument for traditional players, who are looking for a perfect, high-quality yiḏaki.

    Key: F# Length: 135.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Sydney, Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • A unique opportunity for those, who are looking for a high-pitched super-fast yiḏaki. Since the backpressure is high, I do recommend this instrument for experienced players. A light stick with thin walls, the internal aperture is open and tapered; the dup's are easy to hit - but then again, you need experience to reach the full potential of this great instrument. Here is another beautiful artwork from one of the best yiḏaki makers of our time.

    Key: G/F# Lenght: 133cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Even though I have not appreciated high-pitched instruments lately, I need to admit instruments created by Ŋoŋu during the past few months changed my appetite for these instruments - and this one is one of the highlights. A beautiful stick with stunning painting, rich, full-bodied sound and superb playing characteristics: high backpressure, highly-responsive and fun-to play. One of those instruments that is truly hard to sell. Congratulations for the future owner in-advance.

    Key: G Length: 135cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
  • Top-quality yiḏaki recommended for serious players and collectors. If you are familiar with traditional instruments, we do not need to introduce Ŋoŋu, one of the most productive yiḏaki makers of our time. As  you can see, it is a high-pitched yiḏaki with high backpressure and due to its tapered trumpet-like shape, its sound is highly-resonant and powerful. The transition between the drone and the toot is easy (both in the same key!), the instrument is super responsive for tongue and lip movements. This yiḏaki gets high scores from us!

    Key: G Length: 135.5cm Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping For details and specifications see 'Additional information' tab below. Listen to this yiḏaki here:
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