King Stingray are a four piece from Yirrkala, North-East Arnhem Land.
Formed by Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (nephew of the late Dr M Yunupiŋu - Yothu Yindi frontman) and Roy Kellaway (son of Stu Kellaway - Yothu Yindi founding member and bass player), King Stingray blend ancient Indigenous melodies with surf, indie and funk influences to create a genre of their own, Yolŋu surf-rock.
King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship, of two cultures coming together. From toddlers in the Yothu Yindi tour entourage in the 90s, to fully fledged Yothu Yindi members today, Yirrŋa (current lead singer of Yothu Yindi) and Roy (current guitarist of Yothu Yindi and Emily Wurramara) have been playing and making music together for as long as they can remember.
King Stingray seamlessly blends Yirrŋa's timeless Yolŋu manikay vocals with Roy’s indie pop credentials (Mary Handsome, Django George).
Determined to follow in the grand footsteps of their parents in Yothu Yindi, King Stingray are the new generation, celebrating indigenous culture and multiculturalism through music.
The Gum Ball 2021 welcomes these young music makers. Go follow them on Facebook here.