September 30, 2017 – 2:00 pm

Ancestral Modern Musical Event, featuring Gawurra

Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

Join up-and-coming indigenous singer-songwriter Stanley “Gawurra” Gaykamangu for an exclusive performance held in conjunction with Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection.

Originally from Milingimbi, Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia, Gawurra sings about his life in his own language of Gupapuyngu, using both traditional songlines and modern melodies. Praised by music critics around the world, Gawurra was named New Talent of the Year at Australia’s 2016 National Indigenous Music Awards, where his debut, Ratja Yaliyali, earned the Album of the Year, Cover Art, and Film Clip awards.




Gawurra Gaykamangu is a Yolngu professional performing artist hailing from Milingimbi (Yurrwi), North East Arnhem Land. With an emotional and resonant voice, Gawurra’s performances deliver a masterful musical sensitivity. In 2016, Gawurra won the NT Song of the Year in the Popcategory, four NIMA Awards and received national recognition throughout the music industry and mainstream media, including ARIA nomination and 4.5-star review in Rolling Stone magazine. Gawurra’s star has continued to rise in 2017, mounting his first national tour of Australia with SOLD OUT appearances in mainstream music venues throughout the country and as a featured performer at major music festivals. Gawurra has established himself as a “must see” live act, gathering a mainstream following and captivating his audiences across the country. In 2017, Gawurra started his own professional music and artist services business, Gawurra Catfish Corporation, to deliver Artist\ Representation, Music Production, Music Licensing and Recording Label Services. Gawurra Catfish Corporation operates out of Melbourne, Australia. Yolngu people feel the spirit in Gawurra’s music in their hearts.

The emotion in his voice touches everyone to build and refresh their spirit, making them stronger through the vine of love. Gawurra is a genuine young leader in his community, a respected song man with knowledge and power. It is important for Gawurra to connect his culture through his music to all peoples sharing the love from small communities of the Northern Territory to the major mainstream international music markets of the world.



  • Live performance at TEDxSydney2017
  • Reviews in Rolling Stone, The West Australian & Rhythms
  • Interview in Rolling Stone Magazine’s August Issue
  • Featured on ABC TV News 24
  • Added to ABC Radio rotation and Double J
  • Performance on Marngrook Footy Show on NITV
  • Added to QANTAS & Virgin inflight entertainment
  • ABC Radio National 'Awaye' program
  • 3KND Radio & 3RRR & PBSFM (Melbourne)
  • ABC Radio Melbourne, Darwin, Gold Coast

Presented in collaboration with the Kluge-Rue Aboriginal Art Collection.







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