East Journey members, like Yothu Yindi before them, have deep spiritual relationships with their land and sea country. These relationships, in part, are maintained through song, dance and ceremony, and public aspects of this relationship are found in the band’s recordings and live performances.
‘Our inspiration and material is drawn from manikay (ceremonial song poetry), traditional melodies and instruments that, through guidance and encouragement from our old people, is fused together with western and contemporary musical traditions.
Our music is a blend of contemporary rock and acoustic, highlighted with traditional bilma (clapsticks) and yidaki (didgeridoo), that tells our ancestral stories in a uniquely different modern style that has the ability to engage our audience, no matter whether the broader general Australian public are from the city, bush or sea areas.
We are seeking to strengthen our recognition within Australia in the areas of music, dance and culture that are of mutual benefit to all, and plan to build on traditional knowledge, and on the past success of Yolngu musicians, notably close family members from Yothu Yindi and also Gurrumul, and share our experiences and skill sets to build strong communities and develop role models for the future’.
East Journey deliver an original, authentic non stop show with ten performers, including three traditional dancers, with yidaki and bilma, wrapped in a contemporary rock formation, sizzling electric guitar from PJ White and the incredible vocal talents of charismatic front man Rrawun Maymuru, and Yothu Yindi member and East Journey backing vocalist Malngay Yunupingu.
East Journey have been strongly supported by local Yolngu organisations from the Yirrkala, Nhulunbuy and surrounding areas including: Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation, Lirrwi Yolngu Aboriginal Tourism Corporation, Moonfish Productions, East Arnhem Regional Council, Northern Land Council and the Yothu Yindi Foundation.
East Journey have also been supported by MusicNT, Artback NT and Pacific Aluminium - Gove Operations. Funding bodies that have supported East Journey include the Australian International Cultural Council, the Australia Council, NT Arts, and the Aboriginal Benefits Account. Links to all of these sites and more can be found on our links page.
East Journey have also been encouraged by people in the music industry including Shellie Morris, the Jimmy Little Foundation (thanks Tizza), Yothu Yindi members, Gurrumul and many more, and we thank you.
Very special thanks to our mentors, Stu Kellaway, Buruka Tau and Ben Hakalitz, and to Witiyana Marika and Mangatjay Yunupingu
Jailbreak is a national radio service for prisoners linking families and communities across Australia through music, poetry, information, and health promotion. The radio program forms part of NSW Health funded Jailbreak Health Project based at Sydney's Community Restorative Centre (CRC), an organisation supporting post release prisoners and families in NSW. East Journey have been working with the Jailbreak Health Project, and Indigenous inmates at Dillwynia Correctional Centre (Windsor, Sydney) on the Garabara Project, a literacy and numeracy class that is based on researching and writing reviews about music groups, engaging people through the use of music and encouraging them to continue education where possible.
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Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this website may contain images of and references to, deceased persons