Rrawun Maymuru comes from a long line of Yolngu songmen from Yirrkala, a remote community in North East Arnhem Land (NT). He is the direct grandson of Dr Yunupingu and sings in both English and Yolngu Mata.
His songs reflect a love for country and culture as well as his distinct perspective on the modern world. A strong and prolific songwriter, Rrawun penned the song Bayini that gave Gurrumul Yunupingu his first No 1 ARIA chart single. In October 2016 Rrawun Maymuru debuted his live solo set at the request of Rhoda Roberts for Homeground Festival at the Sydney Opera House – it was here that we witnessed the power of Rrawun’s extraordinary vocal resonance and the way he can affect a great space within and without.
In 2012 Rrawun was awarded the GR Burrarwanga Memorial Award for best new talent at the National Indigenous Music Awards. Rrawun also fronts the Aboriginal rock band East Journey, which was awarded the 2015 MusicNT Song of the Year (Rock category) and 2014 Film Clip of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) for Bright Lights Big City.
Rrawun’s ability to transcend language and cultural barriers with his distinct resonance is an experience to be seen, heard and felt.
Rrawun’s music will feature in the extraordinary lunar mystery Orb, 29 April – 27 May.