Waak Waak Djungi - Waak Waak Ga Min Min
Driving into the city two years ago, this author and her travel partner heard Waak Waak Djungi’s White Cockatoo for the first time, felt its voice wrap around them in an experience of both vivid transportation and total presentness.
The song opened a mix called Colored Stones, which collected music produced by or in association with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people called Colored Stones. Andras and Lewis Fidock shared Colored Stones as alternative soundtrack to the weekend that white Australia celebrates so-called "Australia Day," which coincides with JJJ radio's yearly countdown. In Andras' words, “the refusal to celebrate Australia Day is part of an ongoing fight for the recognition of the abuse of Indigenous people's rights. If nothing else, we hope this mix serves as a tasteful alternative to the JJJ Top 100 countdown (and a reminder that white Australia has a black history)”.
White Cockatoo appears at the edge of the first side of this brilliant abridged re-release of Waak Waak ga Min Min, released in 1997 by Waak Waak Djungi’s Bobby Bunnungurr, Jimmy Djamunba and Peter Milaynga (d. 2007), three Yolngu songmen from Northeast Arnhem Land working in collaboration with Victorian musician Peter Mumme. The album reimagines traditional songs with evocative electronic soundscapes, illuminating vocals and engulfing field-recordings. These songs about black crows and white cockatoos, sharing, creation spirits and of leaving and returning home to country, became well-known in Yolngu country, and are available for wider enjoyment now. To the author, they convey the highly sophisticated and nuanced sense of time, place and community held by the world's oldest people.
Efficient Space are honored to reissue this album, and in turn are we to host it in our space, listen to it in our homes and cars, on headphones and social sound systems. Cover painting by Bobby Bunnungurr.