I had the incredible pleasure of seeing Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu perform live in June 2007.
In a packed cafe, Gurrumul sang and played his acoustic guitar, accompanied only by a double bass.
His voice was the most extraordinary live voice I have ever heard and its impact was devastating. In a venue that held at most 200 people, the majority were reduced to tears by the power and poignancy of a man whose message lingers with you long after his songs end.
A former member of Australian band Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul was born blind and sings mostly in his traditional language.
Gurrumul plays the guitar upside down because there were no left handed guitars in the communities he grew up in.
Gurrumul's story will inspire many. But his voice is what will cut through and if it lands on enough ears, his debut album 'Gurrumul' available on Skinnyfish Music
could prove to be a landmark Australian release.myspace.com/gurrumul
By Nick Christie