A star on the rise, Emily Wurramara's talents are spreading like wildfire.
Hailing from Groote Eylandt, via Brisbane, Wurramara caught many ears with her debut EP Black Smoke, which amassed over a million Spotify streams and 25,000 Shazams. A collection of soulful heartfelt songs, the release saw the singer tour nationally and internationally.
Now, only two years on – with a child of her own and a world of wisdom at her feet, Emily Wurramara has officially released her debut album, the David Bridie-produced Milyakburra.
Steeped in the sand, salt and concrete of her family, community, culture, islands and all of the souls that have played a part in her journey so far, Milyakburra is 11 tracks again sung in both English and Anindilyakwa that explore the contrasting themes of the two worlds in which Emily grew up – the island and the city.
In her own words: “I grew up in two different worlds with two different perspectives of life but I’ve always had a strong love for protecting my land and inspiring and empowering my people through the preservation and protection of our culture, which is why I sing in my language.”
Milyakburra is the community on Bickerton Island, a smaller island off Groote where Emily would visit her Grandparents on the weekends and hear dreaming stories.
Emily explains: “They’d tell me the stories of the islands and the beings that walked both the land and the ocean. I wanted to name the album after Milyakburra because that is where my ancestors come from. My Great Great Grandfather Joe Wurramara established a community on Bickerton. Before the Dutch named Groote, the Maccasans used to travel from Makkasar in Indonesia to trade trepang (sea cucumber) with my people and in return they would give dumbala (material) and planted tamarind trees. The history is so rich that if you go to Bickerton there are Maccasan burial sites and their homes and the things they brought over are still intact”.
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