Wangga CD Collection: inserts only
Notes by Allan Marett, Linda Barwick and Lysbeth Ford
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781743325315

This seven-CD compendium introduces the listener to six complete repertories of wangga, showcasing the beauty, depth and diversity of these didgeridoo-accompanied public dance-songs originating in the Daly region of northwest Australia. The most important singers/composers of the region share their haunting melodies, danceable rhythms and authoritative interpretations and translations of songs originally composed in various languages, including Batjamalh, Emmi-Mendhe and Marri Tjavin/Marri Ammu – all of which are now severely endangered. Themes of the songs often concern interactions between the living and the dead, including dreams in which deceased ancestors appear to teach the composer new songs, which would later be performed in funerals and other ceremonies marking the human lifecycle as well as on various other public occasions such as corroborees for tourists.

This collection contains the booklets from the CDs only. Music from the repertories of the wangga songmen featured in this series may also be streamed online at http://wangga.library.usyd.edu.au/

About the contributors
Archival recordings by Alice Moyle and Allan Marett, with supplementary recordings by A.P. Elkin, Ken Maddock and Linda Barwick; curated and annotated by Allan Marett and Linda Barwick, with transcriptions and translations by Lysbeth Ford..

To purchase a copy of The Wangga CDs please visit the SUP site: http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781743325315.

Recent Submissions

  • Baartjap's Wangga 

    Marett, Allan; Barwick, Linda; Ford, Lysbeth
    Published 2016-11-01
    From the 1950s to the 1980s, Barrtjap (Tommy Burrenjuck, c. 1925–1992) was a ritual leader and one of the most prominent singers/composers in Belyuen (Delissaville), one of the heartlands of the wangga tradition. The ...
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  • Muluk's Wangga 

    Marett, Allan; Barwick, Linda; Ford, Lysbeth
    Published 2016-11-01
    Jimmy Muluk (born c. 1925, died sometime before 1986) was one of the great wangga songmen, whose musical virtuosity and love of diversity and variation are exceeded by no other singer. A Mendheyangal man, he held traditional ...
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  • Mandji's Wangga 

    Marett, Allan; Barwick, Linda; Ford, Lysbeth
    Published 2016-11-01
    Billy Mandji was a prolific and popular Belyuen songman. Active from the 1960s to the 1980s, he travelled widely and was recorded in Kununurra, Timber Creek, Oenpelli and Beswick Creek as well as his home community of ...
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  • Walakandha Wangga 

    Marett, Allan; Barwick, Linda; Ford, Lysbeth
    Published 2016-11-01
    For the last 40 years or so, the Walakandha wangga, a repertory composed collaboratively by a number of Marri Tjavin singers, has been the most prominent wangga performed in Wadeye. Initiated in the mid-1960s by Stan ...
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  • Lambudju's Wangga 

    Marett, Allan; Barwick, Linda; Ford, Lysbeth
    Published 2016-11-01
    Bobby Lane Lambudju (1941–1993) was a leading Wadjiginy songman at Belyuen in the late 1980s and early 1990s whose songs display a rich variety of forms, diverse melodies and even mixes of languages (his own language, ...
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