Frank Yamma

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Frank Yamma
Frank Yamma.jpg
October, 2013
Background information
Instruments Guitar
Labels Wantok Musik

Frank Yamma (fl. c. 2000) is an Australian musician.

Frank is a singer and songwriter from Central Australia and is a Pitjantjatjara man who speaks 5 languages and sings in both Pitjantjatjara and English.[1] He is the son of Issac Yamma, an early proponent of singing Western style songs in traditional language.

Frank's style of music is Indigenous Roots (World Music)[2] and he writes about his country and his people. He has performed in bands Ulpanyali Band, Digital Dreaming, Terrasphere, Piranpa ('skinny white lizards' in Pitjantjatjara) and his father's Pitjantjatjara Country Band. He currently performs mainly solo or accompanied by David Bridie on piano and Helen Mountfort on cello.

Frank Yamma & Piranpa won a Deadly in 1999 for their album Playing with Fire.[3] In 2005, with David Bridie, he won AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film, Telemovie, TV Series or Mini-Series[4]

Yamma recorded a set for TripleJ's Live at the Wireless that was broadcast on 19 February 2001.[5] He has had multiple live performances broadcast on Radio National's Live on Stage series.[6] He was a featured artist of the ABC TV show Sending a message : Naidoc concert.[7]


  • Solo albums

Frank Yamma & Piranpa
Playing with Fire (1999)[8] - CAAMA Music
Keep up the pace (2006)[9] - CAAMA Music
Frank Yamma
Solid Eagle (1997)[10] - CAAMA Music
Countryman (2010) - Wantok/ Planet[11]
Uncle (2014) - Wantok Musik

  • Feature albums

Digital Dreaming
Inma Wiru (1999) - Iguana Records
Terrasphere (1997) - CAAMA Music
Ulpinyali Band
Ulpinyali Band (1989) - CAAMA Music

  • Compilation albums

Corroboration (2001) - Festival Mushroom
Olympic Record (2000) - Warner Music Group
Songlines - Acoustic Sounds (1997)- EMI & ABC Music
Port Fairy Festival (1986) Independent
Wantok Volume 1 (2011) - Wantok Musik/Planet


  1. ^ Wantok Music
  2. ^ Listen Up - Music of Black Australia
  3. ^ Billboard, 6 November 1999, "Jimmy Little" by Christie Eliezer
  4. ^ 2005 AGSC Screen Music Awards
  5. ^ Live Music Archive: Sorted by Y
  6. ^ Live on Stage - Frank Yamma Friday 26/7/2002
  7. ^ Sending a message
  8. ^ Playing with fire
  9. ^ Keep up the pace
  10. ^ Solid eagle
  11. ^ Hillier, Tony (23 October 2010), "Countryman review", The Australian 

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