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Deadly Sounds Episode 1015 – Michael Hohnen

Gurrumul’s new album His Life and Music, captures the uniqueness that is ‘Gurrumul’ and is backed by the richness of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO). His Life and Music, was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in 2013 as part of the Vivid Festival.

“I invited family to be involved in the whole concept, so we went to Elcho and shot a lot of footage of family dancing, in ceremony situations, in very contemporary normal life, cultural life at Elcho and have included that in a lot of the concert,” Michael Hohnen says.

“His aunties, clan leaders and uncles introducing songs, give the audience a much better perspective of Gurrumul and his songs and his background than I ever could.”

Michael reflects on early days with Gurrumul when they formed the Saltwater Band and the journey that led to him becoming Gurrumul’s producer and collaborator.

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