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Gurrumul wins Australian Music Prize

Dr G Yunupingu has won the Australian Music Prize for his already acclaimed posthumous album Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow).

By Tamara Howie

Producer and long-time friend Michael Hohnen accepted the award on Dr G’s behalf - just one of many gongs since the albums release in April last year.

Since the album's release, Dr G has won four ARIA’s, including Male Artists of the Year, and Artist of the Year at the National Indigneous Music award, among many other for the album.

The album also made history as the first to top the ARIA charts sung in an Indigenous language. 

The beloved Elcho Island musician died in July 2017, not long after completing the album.

Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow) was selected by industry experts for the $30,000 prize from more than 480 Australian music releases in 2018.

It beat out a strong short list of contenders including albums from Courtney Barnett, The Presets and Dead Can Dance.

Previous winners have include A.B Original, Sampa The Great and The Drones who took out the inaugural award in 2005.

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