From Treaty to Tribal Voice, the rhythms and message of Yolngu rock pioneers Yothu Yindi made 1990s Australia sit up and listen as the band became a proving ground for some of the country’s most celebrated artists from Gurrumul to King Stingray.
Now thirty years on and featuring original band members and fresh talent from the next generation, this revamped supergroup of blackfellas and whitefellas from far North East Arnhem Land continue to honour the music and movement its founders sparked in 1986, and live up to the spirit of intergenerational kinship of the band’s name (Yolŋu Matha for ‘child and mother’).
In this special NAIDOC week celebration, the ARIA Hall of Fame inductees will take the stage at Hindley Street Music Hall to inject new fire into classic songs. At a time when words of their timeless anthem Treaty reverberate into present-day conversations around Voice, Treaty, Truth, this is a band, and a message, that will make you feel, think, and move.
SUPPORTING ACT: Emma Donovan
Highly celebrated, ARIA-nominated, award-winning Indigenous singer and songwriter Emma Donovan has been touring the country for over 20 years, performing soulful songs and sharing powerful stories with audiences around the globe.
Emma first appeared on the stage with her renowned family band The Donovans, performing church song renditions with her mother Agnes, her five uncles and maternal grandparents Micko and Aileen.
Emma is now best known for her work with greatly admired Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks and the extraordinary Black Arm Band project. Emma has toured and recorded with the best in the Australian music scene including Paul Kelly, The Teskey Brothers, Yothu Yindi, Paul Grabowsky, Jen Cloher, Spinifex Gum and the late Uncle Archie Roach and Aunty Ruby Hunter.
On her mother’s side, Emma is part of the famed Donovan family of singers of the Gumbaynggirr people, of what is now known as Northern New South Whales. On her father’s side, Emma is of the Yamatji people of what is now known as Western Australia.
Emma regularly performs songs in Gumbaynggirr and Noongar traditional languages, and shares stories to provide her audiences with an understanding of Country and community.
Presented by Illuminate Adelaide in association with Hindley Street Music Hall.