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Deadly Vibe star watch – Gavin Makuma Yunupingu

This story originally appeared in Deadly Vibe Magazine Issue #1 February, 1997

We have just opened The Vault – all the back stories from old editions – dating back to the 1990s. To know where we are going, it's important to understand where we have been. And that story you can follow in the Deadly Vibe Vault!

Name: Gavin Makuma Yunupingu

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Who are your mob? Yolngu from Arnhem Land

Band: Yothu Yindi

Position in band: Backing vocals, main vocals, dancer

How old are you? 23

How did you get into music? Music was calling to me or you could say sung to me

What’s your favourite food? Fish and rice, all seafood

What’s been the high point of your career so far? Becoming a songwriter and a father

What do you do in your spare time? Meeting up with friends and hoping the world will become a better place

Do you play any sports? Basketball , Football

What’s your favourite song? Key in the sky (Original) by Makuma and Gurrumui

Besides your music what music do you listen to? World music and upcoming young bands

What are you most looking forward to in 1997? Recording another album and working on my own demo tape

Do you have a partner? Yes

If we opened up the top drawer of your bedside table what would we find? Undies and bandanas

What make you laugh? My favourite Uncle Rangsy – he is pretty funny

What’s your favourite movie? No favourite, but like comedy and action

Who do you admire the most and why? My Mum and Dad, for bringing me into this world

What do you like about yourself? My attitude

Where do you get your hair cut? Mostly on tour, all over the world

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Having my own band

Do you have a nickname? What is it? Yes Makey

What has been the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Forgetting some words of a song on stage

How would your best friend describe you? Humble but bossy at times

Have you ever been in love? I am now

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