Ratja Yaliyali

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Ratja Yaliyali is the debut album by Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu from Milingimbi, Arnhem Land. A double album, it features a bonus disc of traditional songs which isn’t available on iTunes.

Sung in the Gupapuyngu language of East Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia, the title for this song and the lead single ‘Ratja Yali Yali’ means ‘vine of love’. Ratja Yaliyali is a songline coming from a long time ago. It is the thread of love that keeps everything connected. People feel the spirit of Ratja Yaliyali, feelings fading and coming back again. Ratja Yaliyali is a spirit, like the wind…

Gawurra won the NT song of the Year Award in the pop category for his song ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ in 2015, which is the title-track from this debut album.

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Gawurra is a well known song man in Arnhem Land with a big following. He is strongly connected to his Country and traditional culture. The songs are his traditional songlines. Gawurra says ‘We don’t write these songlines down, we sing, this is how we learn. We sing from the heart and mind’. The songlines are the stories of the land and the sea, the wind, the clouds, they tell who Gawurra is. ‘The songlines are how we know our Country’ says Gawurra.

Ratja Yaliyali means Vine Of Love. Ratja Yaliyali is a songline coming from a long time ago. It is the thread of love that keeps everything connected. People feel the spirit of Ratja Yaliyali, feelings fading and coming back again. Ratja Yaliyali is a spirit, like the wind. It’s a feeling, a connection and it touches the heart of people. Ratja Yaliyali connects all people, different clans, and makes us all one. Ratja Yaliyali is the journey of life, and when people listen, it is a remembering of anything from the past, and of people and family who have passed. 

 

 

 

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