NEIL MURRAY AND SAMMY BUTCHER – TJUNGUKUTU (COMING TOGETHER)
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Finding funding opportunities is becoming harder and harder these days, so we are turning to you, our fans to help us keep the dream alive. Be a part of helping us and get on board to hear Neil and Sammy team up in the studio.
The Warumpi Band’s Neil Murray and Sammy Butcher intend to record both songs in English and Indigenous languages. Sung in 2 different Aboriginal languages, Sammy and Neil will capture the essence of the land and connection to country as they have for over 3 decades, further strengthening the rich tapestry of our national song lines.
In the early 1980’s, they wrote “Jailanguru Pakarnu” (Out from jail) in Luritja for the Warumpi Band- and it was first released as a 7inch single through Hot Records in 1983. It has since been credited as the first contemporary rock pop song in an Indigenous language. In 2007 the National Film and Sound Archive selected “Jailanguru Pakarnu” as one of its ten Sounds of Australia series for that year- as being of special significance to Australia’s heritage.
Help Neil and Sammy continue to build on the beautiful songs about country that they created through the Warumpi Band back in the 80′s and collaborate to bring you Tjungukutu (Coming Together).
By donating, you will be a part of the dream and you’ll be rewarded for your contribution.
$ 50 DONATION = Signed CD – Tjungukutu (Coming Together)
$100 DONATION = Signed CD – Tjungukutu (Coming Together), Signed Poster
$250 DONATION = Signed CD – Tjungukutu (Coming Together), Signed Poster and 1 x entry to the Album Launch (Melbourne) to personally meet Neil and Sammy
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Recently, Neil Murray- one of Australia’s finest songwriters– released his 12th solo album “Bring Thunder and Rain” which included the song “Malamia” ( Long Ago) – written in the western Victorian language of Tjapwurrung- which is no longer spoken. With endorsement from local elders Ted Lovett and Tim Chatfiled, Neil researched the language with assistance from linguists Julie Reid and Barry Blake to come up with “Malamia” ( long ago). Neil intends visiting AIATSIS in Canberra for further retrieval work into Tjapwurrung. He hopes to include another song in Tjapwurrung on the forthcoming album that he and Sammy wish to record.
Sammy Butcher, a Luritja man with Walpiri and Pintupi ancestry is a founding member of the Warumpi Band. A gifted instrumentalist , he is considered one of the best guitarists in Australia. Sammy is now a respected leader in Central Australia and is renowned for his mentoring work with young people- particularly in developing and fostering the bandTjupi. His collaborations with Neil Murray include Koori Man, Sitdown Money, Warumpinnya, Tjiluru Tjiluru, Cold Weather, We Shall Cry, Nyuntu Nyaaltjirriku, Fitzroy Crossing, Jailanguru Pakurnu, Makes You Feel, Kintorelakutu, Spirit, Stompin Ground and We Gotta Be Strong. Sammy will draw inspiration and guidance from his community to develop songs with Neil Murray for this album.
Produced by Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil with Mick Wordley at Mixmasters Studios in Adelaide, the album will require 10 days studio time and budget for artists travel, accommodation, post production and design.