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Gambirra / Bio

Where Words fail - Music speaks!

Gambirra is an alluring performer and exhibiting visual artist. Possessing a style that radiates humanity taking us from the cauldron of creation to the sounds of the contemporary world.

A unique fusion of soulful progressive roots, ska, reggae, funk & dub.

For her national shows and festivals, this gifted Yolngu artist brings together a dynamic & diverse multicultural family in song, ‘Gambirra Mob’ - An Enlivening Crew with an Innovative Sound; Infectious percussive rhythms, funky keys, phat bass, powerful arresting vocals, and a magnetic presence.

With her roots deep in Yolngu country of Australia's Arnhem Land, NSW based songstress is a close relation to other well- known Yolngu artists i.e. Yothu Yindi and Gurrumul Yunupingu.

Gambirra's songs cross cultural barriers in their depth and significance. Together they bring a positive message of Unity & Love.

Artist’s Statement:
“We delve into the creative, into the unknown. To places of fear, joy, hope, images, sound, colour, words, melody and technology. We are explorers of the unseen and the unknown. Chartering thru the wondrous and magical oceans of our minds and souls. As the final song in this album says "enter blind, enter deaf, enter the unknown".!
We all affect one another; we enhance, provoke, embrace, divide, hate & love. Human’s are social creatures - we need each other for reflection, guidance and fulfillment” Gambirra

"A stand-out performer at the 2011/2012 Woodford Folk Festival featuring the Dreaming. Gambirra was not only a festival highlight on-stage but she also embraced new networks, colleagues and opportunities with absolute professionalism and generosity." Sam Cook - Director at The Dreaming. Australia's International Indigenous Festival

"It was great to finally meet you and experience your great music. What an ensemble!!! You had an amazing turn out for a busy weekend in Mallacoota. You must come back. There has been nothing but raves about Gambirra's singing, the great players and production values of the concert. Great show! Lux invicta"

"If you've ever had the chance to hear this incredible woman sing I believe you would have been swept off your feet while simultaneously being invigorated from somewhere deep within your being! Left with the feeling that someone somewhere greater had touched your soul." Jzhonnie Bechet - Fashion Designer

"2010 International Women's Day. Your performance was simply outstanding and moving. You are a wonderful role model to all women. As a Yolngu woman, your contribution towards sustaining your people's culture is evident through your passion and love of your music and art. Thank you once again."
Nova Peris OAM Media & Communications Executive Unit - AIATSIS

Debut Album 'The UnKnown’ is out now. To purchase a hard copy email: gambirra.co@gmail.com

General Info

Band Members
Gambirra - Vocals/Guitar/Producer/Songwriter, Gary Gatter - Keyboard, Jodi Kell - Horns, Ena Illume - Vocals, Ben Grono - Bass, Izi Illume - Engineer, Pete Smith - Drums, Dave Butler - Bass, Dave Williams - Multi-Instrumentalist
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Alternative / Soul/Progressive/Roots/Reggae/Funk/Dub / Electroacoustic/

Contact Info

Newcastle, NSW, AU

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