Ganga Giri

Ganga Giri

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS

Ganga Giri's live world-beat dance experience has excited audiences globally for the past 8 years. Ganga Giri a didgeridoo virtuoso and vocalist is joined by French Guyanan dancehall vocalist Jornick, indigenous singer/dancer Gumaroy, Dan on drums/ samples & Yeshe on world instruments and percussion


Ganga Giri is a world renowned rhythmic didgeridoo virtuoso and percussionist.

A pumping percussive multi-layered experience of complex grooves and raw natural sounds, Ganga Giri’s music is a melting pot of genres and cultures. Ganga mixes an array of tribal percussion (congas, djembe, bougarabou, Nigerian talking drum, mbira) and indigenous flavours (didgeridoo and dance) into a deep earth dance experience - fusing aspects of dub, dancehall, reggae and electro genres.

A lauded international performer, Ganga Giri has appeared everywhere from Glastonbury Festival (UK), Woetsjtock Festival (Netherlands), Boom Festival (Portugal), Fusion Festival (Germany) and the Vancouver Folk Festival (Canada) through to the Woodford Folk and Falls Festival’s here in Australia. This, coupled with multiple tours of Canada, USA, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and Europe, has ensured that Ganga Giri and his band are widely & wildly appreciated and anticipated by audiences all over the world.

After a session busking on the streets of London a few years ago, Ganga Giri received a call from former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel inviting him down to his studio’s to record some didge. The resulting recording ended up as the soundtrack to the internationally acclaimed film; Rabbit Proof Fence.

It’s this innate sense of ‘collaboration, inspiration and fate’ that is the foundation behind both Ganga Giri and more specifically, his new album Good Voodoo. Says Ganga: “The doors keep opening and new inspiration keeps coming. Many people hear the word Voodoo and get a bit scared but it is just energy. The Ganga Giri show and performance is all about Good Energy and sharing the celebration through the live experience, so ‘Good Voodoo’ seemed a very appropriate name for this album.”

In keeping with ‘sharing the celebration’, Good Voodoo draws inspiration from all parts of the globe, bringing together a host of collaborators including famed Canadian blues artist Harry Manx, Yeshe Reiners, Gnarnayarrahe Waitare, Deya Dova, Gumaroy Newman and French Guianese vocalist Jornick Joelick .

Summarises Ganga: “I like to bring people together to celebrate. I see myself more now as a producer, and as a producer and community builder, it’s not just about me playing didgeridoo anymore but more about directing a multicultural musical platform. I am inspired to fuse that sound and for it to become absorbable by a really wide audience internationally.

Due to the fact that Ganga wanted people to be able to understand the message as well as dance to it, Good Voodoo has a lot more vocal content than his previous albums. But this is also due to the presence and key contributions across the album of vocalist Jornick Joelick. Ganga tells the story: “an amazing vocalist we found in Canada a few years ago, Jornick just literally wandered in out of the bush on Saltspring Island (off the coast of British Columbia). He was staying nearby, fresh out of France and first time in Canada. Whilst walking in the bush he heard the dub coming from our bass players Sean’s place and just wandered in. A week later we were touring Canada so he came on tour with us, he got up on for a song at some stage, it synced in amazingly and so he joined us on the rest of the tour and then came back to Australia with us afterwards. We’ve been hanging out, recording and touring the world ever since.”

As well as Jornick singing on the album, ‘Good Voodoo’ also features the indigenous artists Ganga Giri perform’s with in Australia and around the world lending their vocals to tracks. Specifically Gumaroy on Byami who is a regular feature of Ganga's band, Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie (actor, singer and didge player) with story-telling on Travelling Too and Uncle Owen (elder) on Sacred Words.

Ganga Giri – A Bit Of Background

“Years ago, I was a drummer and percussionist and went off travelling to India to either find or lose myself. I was playing a little bit of didgeridoo that I had taught myself from having had it appear in a dream one night but was also doing yoga which gave me the science behind the breath. By the time I got back to Australia I wanted to go to the source of the Yidarki, and knowing my grandfather, who I had never met, was living up in Arnhem Land, I figured two birds, one stone.

I was living in Numbulwar, teaching percussion, giving a hand in the tuckshop, hanging out around the community and the people when one day some young kids came back to my donga and were like ... “you play that bamboo”. I said “yeah a bit” and I started playing my own funky kinda rhythmic style that I had taught myself derived from being a drummer. They all started dancing and laughing and got on the table and started shaking a leg….

From that point forth, I went from not seeing any didges at all in the community to people coming out and saying ‘come over and play this one’. They were really happy that this white fella was playing th


Good Voodoo – Full Length Album2011
Bayami - Single 2010
Raising It Up -Album 2007
Beats Around the Bush - Album 2003
Termite Tunes - Album 1999

Set List

1hr 20min