WATA: A gathering for songmen, improvising soloists, and orchestra
In the vast wilderness of northeastern Arnhem Land lies a sacred place called Nyilipidgi. It’s here the heart of the ancient culture of the Wagilak people is realised, through a tradition of shared songs which bind the community together, both reflecting on and creating a sense of identity, place and unity. These ceremonial song cycles are known as manikay.
One of Australia’s most respected musical figures, multi ARIA-award winning jazz composer and pianist Paul Grabowsky brings together David Yipininy Wilfred, the traditional djunggayi (manager) of manikay on the country of Nyilipidgi, and his brother Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred for this powerful performance of Wata celebrating the world’s oldest living culture.
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Featuring: Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, David Yipininy Wilfred, Paul Grabowsky, Benjamin Northey, Members of the Australian Art Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Photo credit: Laura Manariti