Saltwater Band

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Saltwater Band
OriginGaliwin'ku, Elcho Island, Australia
GenresIndigenous Roots
Associated actsGeoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Yothu Yindi
MembersGeoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Manuel Nulupani Dhurrkay
Joshua Dhurrkay
Andrew Yunupingu
Barra'kuwuy Yunupingu
Jonathon Yunupingu
Adrian Garrawitja
Lloyd Garrawitja

Saltwater Band are an Indigenous Roots band from Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island, around 560 kilometres from Darwin. The members are Yolngu and they sing mostly in language[clarification needed]. Their songs are a mixture of traditional songs and reggae/ska influenced pop.[1] One member of the band, the late Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, is a close relative of Mandawuy Yunupingu of Yothu Yindi and was a past member of Yothu Yindi.[2]

Saltwater Band's first cd Gapu Damurrun, sold more than 10,000 copies, a then record for an independent Northern Territory act.[3] Their album Djarridjarri was nominated for the 2004 Best World Music Album Aria Award.[4] The album also received a Deadly Award for Album Release of the Year.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters".[6]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Compass" (Charlie Yunupingu, David Yunupingu) Blues & Roots Work of the Year[7] Nominated


  • Gapu Damurrun (1999)
  • Djarridjarri (2004)
  • Malk (2009)


  1. ^ Skinnyfish Music Saltwater Band - Gapu Damurrun'
  2. ^ Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Listen Up - Music of Black Australia
  3. ^ National Indigenous Times - Issue 68 Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine Deadly times for Saltwater
  4. ^ Aria Awards Archived 2011-05-19 at the Wayback Machine Saltwater Band awards history
  5. ^ Deadly Vibe Issue 93 November 2004 Archived 5 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine Saltwater snaps up Deadly
  6. ^ "APRA Music Awards 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Nominations > Blues & Roots Work of the Year – 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.

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