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Shellie Morris & The Borroloola Songwomen - Together We Are Strong: The Song People’s Sessions

Best known for her work with Black Arm Band, Shellie Morris is one of Australia’s finest Indigenous singer songwriters. She is a two-time winner of Female Musician of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards [NIMAs]. Her new album Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu [Together We Are Strong] is said to be her most important work to date. Musically this album merges Shellie’s contemporary vocals with that of her ancient ancestors. The choir of the Borroloola Songwomen and Shellie’s opera-trained voice combine to create a naturally expressionistic beautiful album of work. Although not as instant, this album has the same emotional connective qualities as that of Gurrumul. Simply summed up Disc One is a sublime musical experience for those with a sophisticated taste for music. Disc Two is an anthropological journey featuring 60 songlines handed down orally since time began. Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu is a culturally rich and layered album that will appeal to purveyors of fine music.

Track Listing

1. li-Anthawirriyarra SALTWATER PEOPLE SONG

2. Jambala Lhurramanji Kulu Jambala Yinbayi WE DANCE WE SING

3. Jiwarrmanji THE WIND IS BLOWING

4. Ngarrka a-Kurija MY SONG

5. Ngabujiyu a-Kurija NANNA SONG

6. Yarrbanthalu HUNTING

7. li-Wirdiwalangu BELONGING TO THE ELDERS


9. Lhaba SILENCE

10. Karanyjala LULLABY

DISC TWO: Borroloola Songwomen – Traditional Song Narratives

1. ji-Ngundayi Rising Tide

2. Maraman SEAGRASS

3. Layili-nganji Waliwaliyangu We Are the People From the Island

4. rra-Wurlumandaya Torres Strait Island Pigeon

5. Wundunyuka Sea Turtle

6. Jardiwangarni Sea Turtle

7. Kanda-wuluma A Wife Driven Away

8. Ngandarra Ngatha Karrinyu Why Did He Change His Mind?

9. rra-Ngadiji Ngadiji Women

10. Ngadijirri Red-winged Parrot

11. Wakaya On Wakaya Country

12. Bulamantharra Painted

13. Warrurdu Plains Country

14. Yarrukaji Ngadiji Women Travelling Quickly

15. Rabanka Spirit Men

16. A-Ngajarr Lightning

17. Mirrinyungu Resting

18. Ngarlangkurlurru

19. Tharriba Trepang

20. Jarrawaja Trousers

21. Bijibiji Ponytail

22. Wuyagiba 1

23. Wuyagiba 2

24. Wuyagiba 3

25. Wuyagiba 4

26. Wuyagiba 5

27. Wuyagiba 6

28. Wuyagiba 7

29. Wuyagiba 8

30. Wuyagiba 9

31. Wulwarndi 1 Freshwater long-necked turtle

32. Wuyagiba 9

33. Wuyagiba 10

34. Wuyagiba 10

35. Warugu EGGS

36. Gulinja Black Plum

37. Yurrmuru 1 Green Plum

38. Yurrmuru 2 Green Plum

39. a-Mararabarna 1

40. a-Mararabarna 2

41. a-Mararabarna 3

42. a-Mararabarna 4

43. a-Mararabarna 5

44. a-Mararabarna 6

45. a-Mararabarna 7

46. Kidkidi Kid goats

47. Nyunga HAI

48. Gudawarrana

49. Bulwinaya

50. Jaraji

51. Bore No. 4

52. Waguyari-iranyi

53. Gayurrka Linjirrirnya Nurralbaranya

54. Munga-munga

55. Injarna Gayurrka Mayamayagarda

56. Injarna Gayurrka Windiwindi Garanya

57. Lardiman-lardimangarda Ayanmangarda

58. Gayuman Gurdayiwarrana Miyagarda

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