Feb 18, 2020


The premiere vinyl release of one of Australia's most prominent Indigenous songwriters, Frank Yamma, is out now through Wantok Musik.
Tjukurpa: The Story celebrates the career of the respected singer and guitarist whose voice and stories have touched audiences across Australia and globally. This compilation of Frank Yamma’s most beloved works gives audiences the chance to hear Yamma’s touching songwriting, exceptional guitar playing and soaring vocals for the first time on vinyl.

Frank Yamma’s life in music began over 30 years ago and has spanned releases such as Solid Eagle (1996), Playing With Fire (1999), Countryman (2010) and Uncle (2014). This special vinyl release captures the best of Yamma’s ability to reflect on stories of country, protection, heartache, travel and love, with track highlights including the moving ‘She Cried’, upbeat ‘Everybody’s Talking’ and cinematic ‘Pitjantjatjara’.

Now based in Adelaide but originally from Central Australia, Frank is a proud Pitjantjatjara man who speaks five languages. Yamma’s powerful songs, magical guitar playing and deeply evocative voice express stories that stretch from the grand beauty of his desert country to the small observations of urban Adelaide life.
Never one to shy away from difficult subject matter, on Tjukurpa: The Story, Yamma shares his life experiences in simultaneously raw, insightful and moving ways.
The word ‘Tjukurpa’ describes the foundation of Anangu life and society. ‘Tjukurpa’ has many complex but complementary meanings and refers to the creation period when ancestral beings created the world as we now know it. ‘Tjukurpa’ also refers to the present and future.

Tjukurpa: The Story is accompanied by a digital-only release The Kulila Project, a compilation of reworks and remixes of Frank Yamma’s songs including never before released material.
Evidence of Yamma’s widespread inspiration, The Kulila Project features two remixes by Jinku, Hiribae and Ukweli who are all members of Nairobi’s celebrated music/art collective EA Wave (East African Wave).

Overseen by producer and longtime collaborator David Bridie, who also contributed four reworked tracks to Kulila, other remixes on this album feature artists such as James Henry, ZEDSIX and Corin Ileto (CORIN). Each track brings a new perspective to Frank’s soaring vocals and deeply affecting lyrics, with fresh arrangements and interpretations by contemporary artists and collaborators.


Tjukurpa: The Story is out now through Wantok Musik.