Be transported to Australia’s remarkable Top End with Wanha!, and experience the Yolŋu people’s musical history and vibrant contemporary scene. This unforgettable Forecourt event will star Arnhem Land’s top talent, including Djakapurra Munyarryun, Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Juran Adams and Andrew Gurruwiwi.
Explore the land of one of Australia’s oldest living cultures. Wanha! immerses audiences in the geographical splendour and dynamic history of an ancient landscape that few get to experience outside of dreams.
Featuring stunning visuals, narration and a combination of sung traditional language and English, this free Forecourt showcase will demonstrate the strength of the music, activism and art that has always come from Arnhem Land–the 65,000 year-old birthplace of cultural and legislative touchstones such as the 1963 Bark Petitions.
Standing on the shoulders of musical giants such as Yothu Yindi, Yolŋu Country has cultivated an international reputation for community excellence in the arts. This is your chance to experience masters of music and language, and the guardians of one of the world’s oldest continuing cultural legacies, as they tour outside the Northern Territory for one of the first times ever.
Presented by Sydney Opera House
Recorded on the Forecourt of Sydney Opera House, Thursday 17 November 2022
DJAKAPURRA MUNYARRYUN Introduction
Galiku Märi-Gutharra (Grandmother and Grandchild)
ANDREW GURRUWIWI BAND Introduction
Wata Mawi (The West Wind)
Gutjuki (Lost Boy Gutjuk)
Garrapaḻa (The Sacred Rock)
Once Upon A Time
DHAPAṈBAL YUNUPIŊU Introduction
Gurtha (The Fire)
Märi Wurrapa (Women of the Warramirri Clan)
Bidiwidi (The Dawn Bird)
The Crying Song (Treaty Now)
JURAN ADAMS Introduction
Kuini (A Dedication to the Matriarchs)
Take It On
ANDREW GURRUWIWI BAND Re-introduction
Ya Djamarrkuli (Children Dance)
Go To Sleep (The Legend of Ŋamini Baŋ Baŋ)
Gatjumak (Go For It)
Maḻirri (Falling Stringybark Leaves)
FINALE Wiripu Miny’tji (Different Colour, One People)