Frank Yamma

Frank Yamma

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Acclaimed Australian indigenous singer/songwriter Frank Yamma is recognised as a musician of intensity, able to spin the raw emotion of life and living it into his songs . Franks’ latest CD Countryman has established him as a premier Oz artist and confirms he's status as 'The aboriginal Tom Waits!'

Biography

Acclaimed Australian indigenous singer/songwriter Frank Yamma is recognised as a musician of intensity, able to spin the raw emotion of life and living it into his songs . Franks’ latest CD Countryman is the first release for the new Wantok Musik Label – the first in Australia to focus on the unique music of the region.?
“This is the record that Frank always should have made,” says David Bridie about Frank Yamma’s album, Countryman. “This is the record that will make white Australia realize what Indigenous Australia already knows about Frank.” That he’s a musical wonder, an artist with a voice full of intensity and raw emotion. The man may come from remote Australia, but his music is accessible and relevant to everyone. “
Recorded at an isolated run down country house in Taralga near Goulburn, Frank Yamma’s long awaited CD “Countryman” is
an album full of great songs of longing, of romance, of immense beauty”. Songs of imprisonment, of the deserts great beauty, of the contradictions between Franks life as a respected initiated man and a disrespected outsider in the cities where jail, poverty and discrimination are a part of everyday life.
Recorded over two weeks last spring with production by Not Drowning Waving’s Tim Cole and David Bridie, Countryman is a stripped back affair, just Frank’s guitar and voice, with some slight embellishments from David Bridie’s piano and Helen Mountfort ‘s cello. Bart Willoughby guests on the drums on two tracks. Countryman presents Frank Yamma’s great songs in their raw essence.
Frank Yamma is a traditional Pitjantjatjara man from Australia's central desert and speaks five languages. An extraordinary songwriter and an exceptional guitarist, Frank Yamma also has an incredible voice, rich, deep and resonant. Regarded by many as one of Australia’s most important Indigenous Songwriters, Yamma’s brutally honest tales of alcohol abuse, cultural degradation, respect for the old law and the importance of country are spine tingling. Frank has the ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries and constantly sets new standards through his music.

** Please note in the stage plot attached, the artist to the right of the stage is a cello player.
*** Also, all players require a seat.