Walakandha Wangga
Walakandha Wangga
Notes by Allan Marett, Linda Barwick and Lysbeth Ford, and recordings by Marett et al.
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781743325292

For the last 40 years or so, the Walakandha wangga, a repertory composed collaboratively by a number of Marri Tjavin singers, has been the most prominent wangga performed in Wadeye. Initiated in the mid-1960s by Stan Mullumbuk (1937–1980), the Walakandha wangga repertory came to function as one arm of a tripartite ceremonial system organising ceremonial life at Wadeye, in complementary relationship with sister repertories djanba and lirrga. The dominant themes of the Walakandha wangga are related to the activities of the Marri Tjavin ancestral dead – the Walakandha – as givers of wangga songs and protectors of their living descendants. Longing for return to Marri Tjavin ancestral country is another common theme. Many specific places are named. Foremost among these is the hill Yendili – one of the places where Walakandha ancestors reside.

Contributors Archival recordings by Allan Marett, with supplementary recordings by Michael Enilane, Frances Kofod, William Hoddinott, Lesley Reilly and Mark Crocombe; curated and annotated by Allan Marett and Linda Barwick, with transcriptions and translations by Lysbeth Ford.

This product is a double-CD 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 the Walakandha wangga repertory may also be streamed online at wangga.library.usyd.edu.au.

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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