New gen Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal Marika, from North-East Arnhem Land, has made a refreshing entrance into the music scene. Inspired by his Grandfather, Dr Yunupingu, former lead singer of Yothu Yindi, he fuses tradition and contemporary with class and passion. Yirrmal is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautiful voice, singing songs about his homeland and culture with feeling and depth beyond his years.
Yirrmal has lived in Geelong since 2011 where he has been continuing his education and participating in the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Leadership Program. He aims to set an example for Indigenous youth and to be a strong, positive role-model for the next generation.
Over the past 3 years Yirrmal has worked with song-writing mentors Neil Murray, Shane Howard and released his debut EP ‘Youngblood’ in November 2016. Yirrmal is currently working with more mentors to write material for his first full-length album, slated for release in 2018.
This festival season he will perform with his band ‘Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj’, giving a rocking edge to his potent songs. ‘Miliyawutj’ is a Yolngu word that refers to fertile waters where the fresh and salt water meet, describing the delicate balance between two powerful entities. Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj’s powerful live performances are something every Australian should experience.