Wangga: Complete CD Set
Wangga: Complete CD Set
Notes by Allan Marett, Linda Barwick and Lysbeth Ford, and recordings by Moyle, Marett et al.
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781743325315

This seven-CD compendium introduces the listener to six complete repertories of wangga, showcasing the beauty, depth and diversity of these didgeridoo-accompanied public dance-songs originating in the Daly region of northwest Australia. The most important singers/composers of the region share their haunting melodies, danceable rhythms and authoritative interpretations and translations of songs originally composed in various languages, including Batjamalh, Emmi-Mendhe and Marri Tjavin/Marri Ammu – all of which are now severely endangered. Themes of the songs often concern interactions between the living and the dead, including dreams in which deceased ancestors appear to teach the composer new songs, which would later be performed in funerals and other ceremonies marking the human lifecycle as well as on various other public occasions such as corroborees for tourists. Together with the companion book, For the Sake of a Song: Wangga Songmen and their Repertories (Sydney University Press, 2013), the work represents the culmination of 30 years of collaborative research by the singers, their communities, musicologists Allan Marett and Linda Barwick, and linguist Lysbeth Ford.

This product is the complete set of wangga CDs. Individual CDs and the companion volume are also available for purchase through the links below.

Music from the repertories of the wangga songmen featured in this series may also be streamed online at

Companion book

For the Sake of a Song: Wangga Songmen and their Repertories
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781920899752

Wangga, originating in the Daly region of Australia's Top End, is one of the most prominent Indigenous genres of public dance-songs. This book focuses on the songmen who created and performed the songs for their own communities and for the general public over the past 50 years.

Framing chapters include discussion of the genre's social history, musical conventions and the five highly endangered languages in which the songs are composed.

Indigenous Music of Australia CDs

CD 1 — Wurrurrumi Kun-Borrk
CD 2 — Barrtjap’s Wangga
CD 3 — Muluk’s Wangga
CD 4 — Mandji’s Wangga
CD 5 — Lambudju’s Wangga
CD 6 — Walakandha Wangga
CD 7 — Ma-Yawa Wangga

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