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Classical Song Traditions of Contemporary Western Arnhem Land in Their Multilingual Context
Contributor:Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe
Manmurulu Rupert
Namarruda Johnny, Blackbook
Contributor (singer):Nabalamirri Frank
Marrwal James
Manmurulu David, Winunguj
Description:Eighteen Nginji (yumparrparr 'giant') Mawng dreaming songs in spirt language, here performed in rehearsal for mamurrng ceremonoy that took place on 12 and 14 November 2006. The senior Nginji owner, Frank Nabalamirri, was visiting from Minjilang especially for the performance of Nginji at the follow days' mamurrng ceremony. Performing with Frank Nabalamirri were James Marrwal, David Manmurulu and Rupert Manmurulu (didjeridu). Other men, women and children were present during the performance, including members of the family hosting the mamurrng and Simone, the young girl for whom the mamurrng was being held.
The classical song traditions of Western Arnhem Land are amongst the foremost examples of verbal art in the nine endangered languages of the region, but few people are now competent to perform or comment on them. Typically performed in multi-lingual social contexts, song texts demonstrate unusual linguistic features such as mixtures of languages and a high proportion of esoteric and intimate vocabulary. We will collect, transcribe, translate and analyse song texts and discussions about songs by contemporary performers, and where relevant repatriate and document archival recordings, making our research results available to communities via a network of local digital repositories.
Isabel Bickerdike is a postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne, supervised by Linda Barwick and Nick Evans. She was aged 25 in 2006 and was resident at Warruwi from May-November 2006. She is Ngal-bangardi skin, Wurrik clan (Kun-winjku tribe?, given by Mary Gurden-gurden, this is her mother\'s clan).
Frank Nabalamirri is circa 70 and resident at Minjilang in 2006/7. He is the current leader of the Nginji songset. He is encouraging his son, Jonathan, who dances the yumparrparr (giant) role for nginji performances, to learn the songs. He is Nangila skin and Yalama clan and has the same mother as Khaki.
James Marrwal is aged circa 60 and living in Warruwi in 2006/7. He is one of the main singers of the Nginji songs.
David Manmurulu (also known as David \"Goodness\" Manmurulu Winunguj) is aged circa 60 and resident at Warruwi in 2006. He is the current leader of the inyjalarrku songs. His skin is Na-wamut and he is Yalama clan and Ngutikin tribe. His father (d. 1990s) was George Winunguj who features in the book Encounter at Nagalarramba. David sings Inyjalarrku songs originally composed by his father and also his own, as well as knowing those originally composed by Winunguj\'s MB G(w)uwatpu(t) number 1, who was the leader of the Meinjinaj people (Kun-barlang tribe). He is married to Jenny Manmurulu who is one of the leaders of women\'s inyjalarrku dancing. He is encouraging his son Rupert, who sometimes plays the yumparrparr (giant)role in the nginji dance, to learn the songs and play didjeridu (arawirr). His other sons Reuben and Ranfred(?sp) also sing and dance.
Rupert Manmurulu is the son of David and Jenny Manmurulu and was aged circa 25 and resident at Warruwi in 2006. He is married to a woman from Elliott and sometimes resides there. His skin is Na-wuyuk and his clan is Yalama, Ngutikin tribe. He sings Inyjalarrku and Nginji songs, and dances the yumparrparr (giant) dance, and also plays didjeridu for those song-sets. He also plays guitar and sings with a band from the Barkly area.
Johnny Namarruda (nicknamed /'Blackbook/') was the preferred didjeridu player for Solomon Ganawa's Mirrijpu songs. He was resident at Warruwi. He died in late 2006.
Simone (the girl whose Mamurrng ceremony it is) at the Mamurrng preparation where singing and dancing for Nginji and Ngili songs was happening
Rausing MDP0139
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1052140%23
Publisher:Linda Barwick
University of Sydney
Nginji-Ngili NJ
Undetermined language
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DateStamp:  2017-04-15
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Citation: Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe; Nabalamirri Frank (singer); Marrwal James (singer); Manmurulu David, Winunguj (singer); Manmurulu Rupert; Namarruda Johnny, Blackbook. 2006-11-10. Linda Barwick.
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