Concert Quality Yidaki
Crafted by Burrngupurrngu Wunungmurra
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Another great 'old style' instrument from a well known master that belongs in the hands of a serious player/collector. Burrngupurrngu a.k.a. Bruce (pictured at right), is one of the foremost yidaki makers and a senior lawman for the Dhalwangu clan. This instrument just arrived from Australia and was hand selected for L.A.Outback by renowned yidaki player and teacher, Jeremy Cloak.
Whilst busy with ceremonial responsibilities for months at a time, Burrngupurrngu demands of himself a consistent standard. He is well respected amongst Yolngu communities for his knowledge of yidaki making and playing. Even as a young man he was sought after to play in ceremony. The artwork represents Dhalwangu clan designs that are very significant to his tribe.
Burrngupurrngu was born in 1950 with an identical twin to parents
Nyepaynga (John) Wunungmurra and Gangarriwuy Wanambi, younger brother to prolific artist and leader Yanggarriny Wunungmurra (deceased). His moiety (tribal/social structure) is Yirritja. Burrngupurrngu is one of the foremost yidaki makers of northeast Arnhem Land and a senior lawman for the Dhalwangu clan. His wife Djul'djul' is a very talented painter from the Gälpu clan, making their collaborative work some of our best and most collectible yidaki.
As a young boy he spent a lot of time in the bush with his father and twin brother
Djalawu. He recalls learning a lot from his father. "We learnt everything together, me and my wäwa (brother)." He stayed at the Yirrkala mission where he attended school and learnt English. During this time he would visit Manydjarri Ganambarr and learn yidaki. "When I was a little boy, I was learning 'dip a dhirrk dip a dhirrk'. I would go out bush by myself and look around for yidaki. I learnt a lot from Manydjarri and Djalu Gurruwiwi. When I was about 18 I started learning manikay, for bunggul (ceremony)."
Burrngupurrngu is well respected amongst Yolngu communities for his knowledge of yidaki making and playing. As a young man he was sought after to play in ceremony. In the 1970's, he was invited to be part of an international tour, performing traditional Yolngu song and dance. This was one of this first groups that had ever done this. "I went with Djambawa ga Gawirrin. I've been to dhangang' wänga (many places), Paris, New York, Singapore, London, Canada all round Australia... bukmak (all)." Burrngupurrngu has taught many people who themselves are now leaders (including
Datjirri #1 Wunungmurra and Milkayngu Mununggurr) and continues to share his knowledge with Yolngu youth.
This is an "old school" instrument in excellent condition, much more collectable than your average didgeridoo, and we honor that by using the proper Yolngu word for didgeridoo, "yidaki", here. The interior bore is very clear and open which increases volume, harmonics, and clarity of tone. Features a natural mouthpiece sanitized with
Didgeri-Clean (tea tree and lavender oil). No beeswax needed.
Soundwise: Concert Quality
A fantastic yidaki with a traditional, gruffish acoustic perfect for hard tongue rhythms. The sound is dirty with a GROWLINESS and GRIND to it. Mouthpiece is somewhat triangular as is relatively common in the area, and this makes it easy to find a good embouchure (lip fit). Burrngupurrngu cut this one while he was away at Galiwin'ku for ceremony. The finish is bush-country rough and machete-honed. It is painted with ratjpa, the sacred red ochre that only comes from Galiwin'ku which is normally used as body paint. The sound is "dirty," mid-rangey and aggressive when played fast, yet resonant with high harmonics when played slowly. The well seasoned timber delivers a radiant tone with perfectly balanced acoustics. Optimal strong backpressure for its size and pitch making the circular breathing technique easeful. This is a seriously impressive yidaki... a sonic marvel of collector's quality, and a true blue showpiece crafted from well seasoned timber. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Watch the video below to see Barry demo this yidaki for you. Read our
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Specs for this didgeridoo:
F#, D#, A, C#
Beginner to Advanced
1.2" Inner diameter
3" Outer diameter
Weight: 7 lbs / 3.2 kg
Ease of play:
Low IIIIIIIII High
What if you don't bond with this didgeridoo?
It can be exchanged within 30 days for any reason and there's no
restocking fee. Can't decide on one? Call 1-800-519-1140 for live help!
Sound rating for this didgeridoo: CONCERT
CONCERT QUALITY First rate, professional grade sound with perfectly balanced acoustics.
HIGH QUALITY Great sound! Better than most found at comparable prices.
GOOD QUALITY Nice introductory didgeridoo, but may lack in tonal quality and/or volume.
FAIR QUALITYNot for serious playing. Good for mucking around on, or as a conversation piece.