Frank Yamma

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Frank Yamma - Jazz Blues Live Act in Adelaide

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Frank Yamma is regarded by many as one of Australia's most significant Indigenous songwriters and performers. When Yamma sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man from Australia's central desert, he sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply arresting voice are all there in his compelling new album 'Uncle', out in October 2014. Although he's lived in Adelaide for many years Frank's spirit belongs to the hearth of Australia. As he says, "that's where the Pitjantjatjara mob come from".

Frank Yamma is without a doubt one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries – a love song sung in Pitjantjatjara will make your heart sing in whatever language you speak. When he sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply evocative voice are all there in his compelling new album ‘Uncle’ (2014). Although he’s lived in Adelaide for many years, Frank’s spirit belongs to the heart of Australia. Uluru. Docker River. Ernabella. Central Australia. As Frank says, “wherever the Pitjantjatjara mob come from”.

His 2014 release ‘Uncle’ is a follow up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Countryman’ (2010). ‘Countryman’ re-launched Frank’s career following a ten-year hiatus, gaining international attention, sparking extensive national and international touring, and seeing Frank pick up a licensing deal with Proper Records UK. The new album features songs of country, protection, heartache and travel. And songs of love. Not of love lost, but of pure, present-day raw emotion. ‘Uncle’ shows the continuity of a musician that is hitting his peak with grace and conviction.

Frank’s touring highlights include Australian festivals’ WOMADelaide; Byron Bay Bluesfest; and Sydney Festival. He has undertaken three tours to Europe since 2011, performing at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad (UK); Womad (UK); The New Hebridean Festival (Scotland); Festival Bled (Slovenia); and Colours of Ostravia (Czech Republic). Most recently he has returned from a 2014 summer tour setting hearts on fire across Canada at Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg folk festivals, where he shared the stage with Buffy Saint Marie and The Mekons, as well as performing a coveted spot opening for Joan Baez.

Frank Yamma is regarded by many as one of Australia's most significant Indigenous songwriters and performers. When Yamma sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man from Australia's central desert, he sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply arresting voice are all there in his compelling new album 'Uncle', out in October 2014. Although he's lived in Adelaide for many years Frank's spirit belongs to the hearth of Australia. As he says, "that's where the Pitjantjatjara mob come from".

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Past Gigs Frank Yamma

  • 12 | 2014 Syney Newtown Social Club
  • 12 | 2014 Williamstown Rivers to Recognition Festival
  • 12 | 2014 Eldoredo The Festival of Folk, Rhytym and Life
  • 11 | 2014 Melbourne Shebeen (AWME)
  • 11 | 2014 Castelmane Theatre Royal
  • 11 | 2014 Belgrave Sooki Lounge

Discography Frank Yamma

  • 2014 Uncle Album | Wantok Musik
  • 2010 Countryman Album | Wantok Musik

Media

  • Video Frank Yamma "She Cried" fr...
  • Video Frank Yamma - Ngura Watjilpa
  • Video Frank Yamma Promotional Tra...
  • Video Frank Yamma - Promotional t...
  • Sound 10 Calling From The Inside
  • Sound 01 She Cried
  • Sound 04 I Didn't Know Who You We...
  • Sound 05 Remember The Day
  • Sound 06 Nguta Waljilpa
  • Sound 07 Make More Spear
  • Sound 08 Calling Your Name

Origin

  • Adelaide AU