Prominent Australian Aboriginal singer Gurrumul dies at 46

5 (646 x 430)World-renowned indigenous singer Gurrumul has died after a “long battle with illness” aged 46, his management said Wednesday, as Australians hailed his contributions to music, reports BSS.
Born blind, the reluctant star never gave any interviews and was painfully shy, but his music drew worldwide acclaim, despite the fact that he performed in his Gumatj dialect which is understood by only around 3,000 people. The singer — whose full name is Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu — passed away at the Royal Darwin Hospital, his record label Skinnyfish Music Australia said in a statement. “Today we mourn the loss of a great Australian, Dr G. Yunupingu who sadly passed away yesterday in Royal Darwin Hospital at age 46 after a long battle with illness,” Skinnyfish said, without giving further details. Australians, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, took to social media to pay tribute to the singer. “Dr G Yunupingu was a remarkable Australian sharing Yolngu language with the world through music. Prayers for Galiwin’ku & family & friends,” Turnbull tweeted. Australian rock legend and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett tweeted that Gurrumul was a “truly great musician”. “Very sad news. Too young, so much left to give. Heart goes out to family.”
Gurrumul collaborated with musicians across the world, including producer Quincy Jones and British giants Elton John and Sting who performed or recorded with him.
He also performed for audiences including Queen Elizabeth II and former US president Barack Obama. Blind from birth, he emerged from the remote Galiwin’ku community on Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land in Australia’s north to sell over half a million albums worldwide.