Notes by Allan Marett, Linda Barwick and Lysbeth Ford, and recordings by Moyle, Marett et al.
Sydney University Press
Available in January 2017
From the 1950s to the 1980s, Barrtjap (Tommy Burrenjuck, c. 1925–1992) was a ritual leader and one of the most prominent singers/composers in Belyuen (Delissaville), one of the heartlands of the wangga tradition. The community’s proximity to Darwin in the Northern Territory meant that Barrtjap and his songs were heard and recorded by many visitors and tourists. Characterised by great musical inventiveness and precision of form, Barrtjap’s songs mixed his ancestral language, Batjamalh, with the utterances of the song-giving ghosts who visited him in a dream. The CD includes recordings of Barrtjap’?s repertory made by Alice Moyle, Allan Marett and other visitors to Belyuen. Barrtjap’s wife, the late Esther Burrenjuck, collaborated closely in the documentation work on Barrtjap’s repertoire, and his sons Kenny Burrenjuck (d. 2010) and Timothy Burrenjuck have carried on his songs and his legacy into the present day.
Contributors Archival recordings by Alice Moyle and Allan Marett, with supplementary recordings by A.P. Elkin, Ken Maddock and Linda Barwick; curated and annotated by Allan Marett and Linda Barwick, with transcriptions and translations by Lysbeth Ford.
This product is a musical companion to For the Sake of a Song: Wangga Songmen and their Repertories (Sydney University Press, 2013). You can also purchase the complete set of accompanying CDs.
Music from Barrtjap’s repertory may also be streamed online at wangga.library.usyd.edu.au.
Indigenous Music of Australia CDs
Permanent link to this page: http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781743325254.