Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Bunggridj-Bunggridj: Wangga Songs by Alan Maralung. Northern Australia

"This recording presents a set of songs that Alan Maralung refers to as "Bunggridj-bunggridj" after the spirit from which he learned them in a dream. These songs belong to a genre of didjeridu-accompanied songs widely performed in northwest Australia and known most commonly as wangga (though Maralung uses the term, "walaka"). His songs involve a far higher degree of improvisation than is usually found in wangga today; the musical and intellectual skills displayed by Maralung as he manipulates the musical and textual material are probably unique and may well represent the last manifestation of an older tradition of wangga singing. An extensive 44 page-booklet supplements these 1988 recordings made by Allan Marett in Northern Australia." Liner notes included.