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References about Warlpiri
Ordered by year, and alphabetically by author within each year.
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There are numerous recordings of Warlpiri song deposited in the
sound archive at AIATSIS and
no means all listed here.
For wider references, see:
There is a complementary list of films
and video recordings, a number of which record song, and linguistic
in Warlpiri; and also a (non-uniform) list of non-linguistic
- Linda Barwick & Allan Marett. 1996. Selected Audiography of
Music of Aboriginal Australia. Yearbook for Traditional Music
or earlier version:
- Selected Audiography of Traditional Music, pp.223-30 in The
of Singing and the Substance of Song: Recent Responses to the
Performing Arts and Other Essays in Honour of Catherine Ellis, ed.
by L. Barwick, A. Marett & G. Tunstill. 1996. Sydney: University of
Sydney, Oceania Monograph 46.
- Moyle, Alice M. 1966. A Handlist of field collections of
in Australia and Torres Strait. Canberra: Australian Institute of
AIATSIS Library annotation: Covers all types of recordings (cylinders,
wire, magnetic tape and disc); Lists date of collection, collector,
tribal area, restricted use, quality rating duration, subject,
- some contemporary Warlpiri bands are featured in Musica
Pangaea Album Profile
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- TO BE CHECKED: Basedow, H. 1926. Sound recordings by the Mackay
Expedition in Central Australia. Macdonnell Ranges, NT. Songs,
recorded on wax cylinder. "2. Aknullia. Alburra". * Disc Columbia HA261
at National Museum of Victoria. (Moyle 1966:8) * AIATSIS archive tape
item 1 * "Alburra" may be a reference to 'the Centralian "trumpet" or
- Tindale, Norman B. 1931. Wax cylinders sound recording at
August 1931. Includes songs of "Yardi Yardu Ilpirra tribe" [sc.
Wax cylinders (Edison). Held at SA Museum, SAM 140-151. Transcription
10, records 1-12. Archive group AA 338. Copy at AIATSIS archive tape
- Fry, Henry Kenneth. Ilpinja or Ilpitja songs : Notes collected at
Creek, 1931. * 14p. Typescript . AIATSIS Library.
- Campbell, Thomas D. & N.B. Tindale. 1932. Sound recording at
1932. Includes "Ngalia tribe" [sc. Warlpiri]. Wax cylinders (Edison).
at SA Museum. Copy at AIATSIS archive tape LA9564.
- AIATSIS Library summary: Totemic songs, songs of Padiki ceremony;
snake; water song; texts supplied in most cases
- Pockley, FJA. 1933. [Journal of 1933 expedition Hermannsburg to
Published 1995 The Flight of
to Ngalia song]
- Elkin, AP. 1953. Song recordings. Transferred to PRX 3644 - 3654
Standard Play Groove, 33 1/3 rpm) recordings, 10min/side. Copied to
Phillip Creek recordings 33A-35B = cassette 8B; 36A-38B = cassette 9A.
Cassette copies held at University of Sydney Music Library, call number
SMC 789.912171 1/1 MU. * "totemic ceremonies (Discs 34B-36)" (Moyle
* See also Elkin
papers, Archives, Sydney University. * See Elkin 1957, Jones 1965.
- Elkin, AP. 1957. Australian and New Guinea musical records: the
of Sydney series. Oceania 27.4,313-9. * pp.316-7 lists the cuts
from the 1953 NT trip. See Jones 1965.
- Elkin, AP. 1958. Sound recordings recorded at Warrabri April
Dog series (Disc 75B:1) Ilbindji series (Disc 75B:2)" (A Moyle
12in discs in Sydney University Series PRX 4304 - 4306. * AIATSIS
tape 11091 * see Jones 1965
- Hale, Kenneth L. 1959. Wal.piRi field notes. Yuendumu, etc. 8
Mss. Rewritten in practical orthography, 1979. Typed in practical
1981-82. * includes a few song text transcriptions
- Barrett, M.J. 1964. Walbiri customs and beliefs concerning teeth.
6.3(May),95-100. * pp.97-8, 'wilki ngarunu' song. Cf. Strehlow 1964.
- Holmes, Sandra Le Brun. 1964. Field tape number 1 and
at Katherine, June. Warlpiri men singing Dingo and Wallaby songs *
sound archive HOLMES_S04 - 00325B
- Strehlow, Theodor George Henry. 1964. Commentary on the magic
in M.J. Barrett's "Walbiri customs and beliefs concerning teeth". Mankind
- AIATSIS Library annotation: Based on tape recordings brought back
Yuendumu by M.J. Barrett; The "Wilki ngarunu" myth; diffusion of
and `cures' for toothache; meaning of `magic' songs sung
- Jones, Trevor Alan. 1965. Australian Aboriginal music: the Elkin
contribution toward an overall picture, pp.–374 in Aboriginal man in Australia: essays in honour of Emeritus Professor A.P. Elkin, ed. by Ronald M. Berndt and Catherine H. Berndt. Angus and Robertson. * descriptive analysis of
from many locations including Yuendumu and Phillip Creek; dates
recordist, record numbers, instruments; includes music transcription of
recordings of Warlpiri, examples 105–144, pp.325–332. http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/43657617 * see Elkin 1957
- Meggitt, Mervyn John. 1966. Gadjari among the Walbiri Aborigines
Australia. Oceania 36.3,-213; no.4,-315;
no.2,-147. Oceania Monographs 14, 1967. [out of print]
- Hale, Kenneth L & Alice M Moyle. 1967. Warlukurlangu, 4pp.
64pp., 44pp. (Moyle 1973 sources 254-5). Notes on Yurrampi cycle, Hale
tapes 4.13-14, 80pp. Children's songs. Recordings by Moyle & Hale,
Yuendumu, February-May 1967. Song text transcriptions by Hale. Mss.,
Copy deposited at AIAS.
- Aboriginal Sound Instruments. Recordings by Alice M.
Studies Press AIAS 14. Now available only as cassette, $12.50.
from various locations including Yuendumu. Accompanying booklet by A.M.
Moyle (no longer available).
- BANDS 2a (boomerang clapsticks alone, Dinny Djabaldjari [sc.
demonstrates beating techniques, giving the name of each in his own
2b (Dinny Djabaldjari sings 3 items of Pulapa Warlukurlangu) (notations
2 and 3, pp.32-4) (track notes p10-11) Recorded on LA2648a 6
songs Tjukutjuku [sic] and Old Man) (track notes p.12-13 - 'play songs
by two Walbiri boys aged about nine or ten years [Peter Djagamara and
Djabangari] accompanied by full-sized boomerang clapsticks' Recorded on
LA2650b at Yuendumu in 1967.
- Australia: Aboriginal Music. Recording and liner notes
M. Moyle. UNESCO Collection Auvidis Collection of Traditional Music of the World (reissue from the 'Musical Sources'
series IICMSD Berlin). 1977/1992 AUVIDIS-UNESCO D8040. Available on CD.
Recordings from various locations including Yuendumu. Brief but
CD liner notes. A number of these tracks are also found on other
published by A.M. Moyle.
- [extracts from pp.2 and 5 of CD liner notes]
- track 1-3: Rain Dreaming ngapa ceremony (excerpts) - February
'women's night' of circumcision ceremony
- track 4: Dinny Djabaldjari sings samples of the songs recorded
performances * http://www.discogs.com/sell/item/242230320 (Tracks 1 10:47 and 2 3:06)
- Music and Dreamtime Stories of My People (presented by
Cassette, CD. Twintrack Productions TP-01-CD (GPO Box 17, Northbridge
2063). Notes are no more than a listing of items.
- track 9: "traditional song" from "Yuendumu community". [possibly
by Alice Moyle]
- Musical items re-published on:
- Music of My People: Australian Aboriginal Music
Maza). Larrikin AM002.
- The First Australians. Aboriginal Artists Agency AAA-04.
traditional music from "Warlpiri community".
- Mountford, Charles P. 1968. Winbaraku and the myth of Jarapiri.
- See Wild 1979.
- Shannon, Cynthia. 1971. Walpiri womens music - a preliminary
Vic.] B.A. Thesis, Monash University * AIATSIS Library MS 354 * AIATSIS
annotation: Based on fieldwork at Hooker Creek, N.T. 1970-1971 with
women; initiation and Gadjari rituals; role of women in mens rituals;
and body painting; dance; song types and forms of ritual wailing; music
notation and tape (Tape M22)
- Shannon, Cynthia [recorder]. 1971. 16 reel to reel tapes of
Held in the School of Music archive, Building 68 Performing Arts
- See Wild 1990.
- Moyle, Alice M. 1973 . Songs by Young Aborigines: An
to North Australian Aboriginal Music, pp. 238-68 (especially Tracks
4-6) in The Australian Aboriginal heritage: an introduction through the arts, ed. by RM Berndt &
ES Phillips. 2nd ed. 1978, Sydney: Australian Society for Education
the Arts in association with Ure Smith. Parts A and B. Two LP
discs accompanying Berndt and Phillips 1973, and illustrating various
in the book (both recordings and book now out of print). Disc B side 1
"Songs by young Aborigines" contains recordings by A.M. Moyle at
locations, including "Tracks 3-6 8 play songs (boomerang sts).
Yuendumu." * AIATSIS Library call number KIT B524.88/A1 AUDIO CD (Part
5, Copy 1)
- Moyle, Alice M. [Song word index.] Computer printout, Monash
February 1973. Deposited at AIAS.
- Horne, James A. October 1973-1976 sound recordings made at
Alekarenge]. Deposited at AIATSIS, tapes A4417, A4418.
- Horne, James A. 1975. Report on the 1975 Warrabri Pulapa Wirri. Developing
Education 3.3(August),12-16. col. illus. incl. cover. *
- AIATSIS Library annotation: The Pulapa Wirri [sc. Wiri], or "Big
is a festival of Aboriginal arts to encourage young Aboriginal people
participate in Aboriginal artistic Aboriginal artistic activities;
outlines organization, participants, and future of Pulapa Wirri held at
Warrabri [sc. Alekarenge]
- Horne, James A. 1975. As a curriculum officer what does
and dance mean to me? Developing Education 3.4,7-8.
- Wild, Stephen A. 1975. Walbiri music and dance in their social
nexus. Indiana University dissertation.
- Horne, James A. [1977.] Handbook of Aboriginal Music & Dance.
in Warrabri School. Department of Education, N.T. Division. 83pp.
typescript, with photographs. [Release dated 24.4.77]. * Photocopy held
at Papulu Apparrkari, Tennant Creek; AIATSIS Library MS 3161
- Wild, Stephen A. 1979. A Public Song Series of Central Australia.
presented to the Third National Conference of the Musicological Society
of Australia, Monash University, 18-21 May 1979. [15pp.+ 3 musical
of Yam purlapa referring to the site Yumurrpa, recorded at Hooker Creek
12/11/69.] * published as Wild 1984
- See Songs of Aboriginal Australia 1990.
- Wild, Stephen Aubrey. 1979. Music notations of song series
Lajamanu (Hooker Creek), N.T. Holograph (photocopy); Contents; [1.]
yarla purlapa; Yam public ceremony, 11-12 Nov. 1969, 113 l.; [2.]
yawulyu yangkirri; Womens emu, 30 July 1979, 23 l. * AIATSIS Library MS
- Koch, Grace. Women's awulya sung and danced for Justice Toohey
Kaytej-Warlpiri-Warlmanpa Land Claim Hearing. November 1981,
Field tape numbers: KW1, KW2 * AIATSIS sound archive KOCH_G03, archive
tapes 08597 - 08598
- Hale, Kenneth L. 1984. Remarks on creativity in Aboriginal verse,
and Solutions. Occasional essays in Musicology presented to Alice M.
ed. by Jamie C. Kassler & Jill Stubington. Sydney: Hale &
ISBN 0 86806 148 4 416pp. $30.
- Wild, Stephen. 1984. Warlbiri music and culture: meaning in a
song series, in Problems and Solutions. Occasional essays in
presented to Alice M. Moyle, ed. by Jamie C. Kassler & Jill
Sydney: Hale & Iremonger. ISBN 0 86806 148 4 416pp. $30. *
version of Wild 1979
- Clunies Ross, Margaret, Tamsin Donaldson & Stephen A. Wild
of Aboriginal Australia. Sydney: University of Sydney. viii+199pp. Oceania
Monographs 32. [out of print] Companion sound cassette (AIATSIS
- Sutton, Peter. 1987. Mystery and change. Chapter 5. Clunies Ross
- Wild, Stephen A. 1987. Recreating the JUKURRPA: adaptation and
of songs and ceremonies in Warlpiri society. Clunies Ross et al (eds.)
1987:97-120. * AIATSIS Library annotation: Song and ceremony innovation
in relation to Lajamanu history, relationships to land and sites,
taxonomy, ceremonial reorganisation and expressions of cultural identity
- [Men singing Jardiwanpa.] Approx. 2 hours recorded 29 June 1988
170km west of Tennant Creek, by sound recordist with ABC Natural
Unit (during filming of Fire in the Mind, produced &
by Jeremy Hogarth).
- Wapirra kangku wangka. [Father talks to you] Recorded at
workshop 1988. C-20 #262 ZR7. SIL-AAIB, Berrimah NT 0828. $8
- North Tanami Band. 1988. Warlpiri Warlpiri People.
- North Tanami Band. 19??. Travelling Warlpiri. CAAMA
Music Catalogue No. CA250. Recorded in Alice Springs.
- North Tanami Band. 19??. This Land. 1 Warlu 2:21, 2
(Why did you leave me) 2:36, 3 Juu Juu (Devil storm) 3:42, 4 This Land
2:24, 5 Vision 2:49, 6 Kuu Kuu Man (Devil man) 3:14, 7 Kurtu Kids 2:24,
8 Jundala Yanu (Left her child) 4:22, 9 Thinking About You 2:38, 10
it 2:10, 11 Yukurrpa [sc. Jukurrpa] (Dreaming) 3:21, 12 Baby Come Back
3:38. Total 35:06 CAAMA
Cat. No. 331.
- Rex Patterson, manager & vocalist; Hector Patterson, lead
& vocalist; Zacharia Patterson, keyboard & rhythm guitar;
Patterson, vocalist; Dwayne Gibson, drummer, Jarmin Joshua Kelly, base
guitarist; Roderick Herbert, rhythm guitar. Engineer & mixed by:
Tranter and Stan Satour.
- Songs of Aboriginal Australia. 1990. Audio cassette no.
AIATSIS. Processed by EMI, Sydney. Reprinted 1994. To accompany Clunies
Ross et al (eds.) 1987. Box also contains notes.
- Item 5. Warlpiri women's Emu songs from central Australia.
Dora Nampijinpa, Mary Nangala, Maggie Nangala, Alice Nampijinpa, Maggie
Napangardi, Annie Nungarrayi, Maisy Napangardi, recorded by Stephen
at Lajamanu, Northern Territory in 1979. Tape 6165. 03.28.
- Item 6. Warlpiri men's love magic songs, central
Jimmy Robertson Jampijinpa and Jimmy Jangla, recorded by Stephen Wild
Lajamanu, Northern Territory in 1979. Tape 6148. 00.49-05.44.
- Wild, Stephen A. 1990. Central Australian Men's Love Song
in The Honey-Ant Men's Love Song and other Aboriginal Song Poems,
ed. by R.M.W. Dixon & Martin Duwell. St Lucia: UQ Press. ISBN 0
2278 X May 1990. * Yurrampi Yilpinji / Honey-Ant Men's Love Song,
by Thomas Jangala at Lajamanu, 1971. Song said to be in Anmatjarra
- Yapa Music. 1990. Look at us! Warlpiri Mix. CAAMA Music,
- Side One: 1. Muljulparlu milyapungu. 2. Mount Doreen. 3. Mardaka
4. Look at us. 5. Warlpiri Warlpiri People. Side Two: 1. Wanta
2. Milyapungu piturlukuru 3. Yuendumu 4. Yirraru jarrijalparlu 5.
pirlirrpaji 6. Mission Creek.
- Moyle, Alice M. Auvidis – D 8040, UNESCO Collection of
Traditional Music of the World – D 8040. Track 1 Rain Dreaming
Ceremony, 10:47, recorded in Yuendumu, Northern Territory, February
1967. Track 2 A Re-singing Of Rain Dreaming Songs After The Ceremony,
3:06. In standard jewel case with 16 page booklet. Reissue Auvidis of
the album Australia: Aboriginal Music realized by the International
Institute for Comparative Studies and Documentation (IICMSD) Berlin for
the International Music Council. ℗ Auvidis / UNESCO 1977 / 1992.
- Yartulu Yartulu Band. 1994. Kangka Julu Pina. CAAMA
Music. Cat. No. 236.
- Barwick, Linda. Yilpinji Maliki. Yilpinji Ngapa. Yawulyu Ngapa.
of Warlpiri men and women at Alekarenge, September 1996, August 1997.
transcribed (with assistance from David Nash).
- Lajamanu Teenage Band. 1997?. 'Luwarnulu Jana'. ABC Songlines
- Lajamanu Teenage Band. 1998. vison.
Music. Cat. No. 314. * 1. Nguru 2. It's Going to Rain 3. Vision 4.
Wiyappa Wanti Jalu 5. Part Tonight 6. Echo Voices 7. Nuwarnu Janu
Jana' on Songlines
CD] 8. Baby! I Need You 9. Teenage Band 10 Baby Crying 11. Please
Home 12. Where is my People 13. Ngapa. Alfred Rose - Vocals,
Martin - Rhythm Guitar, Darren Penn - Bass Guitar, Manuel Herbet -
Matthew Gibson, Bobby Kennedy, Amos Poulson. Producers Allen
& the Teenage Band. Engineering: Steve Tranter and Allen Murphy
additional engineering by Stan Satour. * "Second and still the most
popular album by these rock star heroes.
Songs relate to community and family issues. Sung in Warlpiri and
English" * short
review by Will Owen
- Lajamanu Teenage Band. 199?. Dreamtime
Music Cat. No. 339. * 1. You are always on my mind 2. Wapakarra
karna (No Mum or Dad) 3. Dreamtime Hero 4. Change your life 5. Jamagu
Rights Freedom Song Wave Hill Station 1966) 6. Jamirdi (My grandfather)
7. Mardakayarnu (Hold your child) 8. Don't go to town 9. Give our land
back 10. Lajamanu 11. Nguru (Our land). Alfred Rose - Vocals &
Guitar, Kenneth Martin - Vocals, Darren Penn - Bass Guitar, Manuel
- Drums, Terry Banjo - Lead & Rhythm Guitar. Engineer and
by Steve Tranter. * "Third
album by this hugely popular Northern Territory Band. Everyone
and sings along to these songs. Sung in Warlpiri and English" * short
review by Will Owen
- Lajamanu Teenage Band. 1999. Luwarnulu Jana. Track on Songlines
CD. [repeat of Track 7 of Lajamanu Teenage Band. 1998. Vision]
- Yapaku Yunparninjaku. Warlpiri/English. © Yapaku
Alice Springs. ISBN 0727202480 $12. The Bible Place, 55a Gap Road
(behind the Mbantua Store), PO Box 8794, Alice Springs NT 0871, Ph.
- Ali Curung Spinifex Band. Alyawarr, Warlpiri and
#499 7-050. * 1 Come O Lord 2 Ready 3 Judgement Day 4 There's a Song in
my Heart 5 Father Up Above 6 He is Real 7 Holy Spirit in this Land (1)
8 Have a Saviour 9 I'm Sitting Alone 10 Holy Spirit in this Land (2)
"recorded by the Alyawarr Singers, the Alekareng Ladies, with Jimmy
and a couple of his mates at Alekareng, NT. Noel Bachelor made the
SIL, PO Berrimah NT 0828. ph. (08)89225700, fax (08)89225717
- Lajamanu Singers. Wapirrakurliparla Yunparni. Singalong for
Warlpiri. C-60 cassette WL 527. * Holy Spirit we welcome you,
with Jesus, Healing waters, Nyurru (Ready) Jesus Christ is coming soon,
Welcome Holy Spirit, Message in my dreams, Wapirra Nyuntujunpa,
Jesus, I will follw you / He is Lord, Holy Ghost Power, Jijaji Ngalpa
Wanta-wantarla, Wapirrarlu Yilyajarni Kajanyanu, Take up your cross,
Kapurlipa Purda-nyanyi, God's family, Wapirra Nyuntujunpa
Audio Engineer: Noel Bachelor. 'SEEMA AUDIO' CIMR
Indigenous Media Resources), PO Box 1921, Humpty Doo NT 0836. ph.
- SPIN.fx. 2002. Uluparru. CAAMA
* Stanley Roberts, Amos Egan, Jason Butcher, Abraham Phillipus *
14 tracks, mostly in Pintupi/Luritja; track no.2 "Pina Yantani"
Amos J Egan "This song, in Warlpiri, is about people who leave the
and go into town for too long. Their family and friends always tell
to come back home." * related
- Lajamanu Teenage Band. 2006. Prisoner. CAAMA Music.
Cat. No. 422. 1. Between Me & You 4:14 2. Bunbidee (Home Land Of
Pigeon Hole) 5:17 3. Jamirdi (My Grandfather) 4:57 4. Kirdanyanu-Wanu
(No Father) 3:38 5. Kurdu-Ka Yulami (Baby Crying) 3:12 6. Kurdu-Wiyappa
(Lonely Child) 4:37 7. Lajamanu 3:10 8. Lord I Give You My Heart 3:32
9. My Home Lajamanu 4:07 10. Ngawarra-Kujaku (Big Flood Water) 4:09 11.
Pina Yantani (Come Back) 2:34 12. Prisoner 4:30 13. Wapirra (Lord) 5:15
14. Yarrungkanyi (Homelands) 4:10 15. Yirraru-Jarri (Getting Lonely)
4:33 Alfred Rose – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Kenneth Martin – Lead
Vocals/Rhythm guitar, Terry Banjo – Lead Guitar/Rhythm Guitar, Asmen
Pelasco – Keyboard, Cedric King – Bass Guitar/Keyboard, Mervyn Donald –
Drums, Manual Herbert – Drums. “This album is dedicated to the memory
of / Darren Penn / founding member of the Lajamanu Teenage Band.”
- Lajamanu Teenage Band. 2006. Live
in Katherine. CAAMA Music. Cat. No. 427. 1. Teenage Band 4:29 2.
Jamirdi (My Grandfather) 4:30 3. Drinking & Driven 5:05 4. Jamagu
(Wave Hill Strike in 1966) 3:22 5. Between me and you 5:58 6. Dreamtime
Hero 4:05 7. Ngawarra Kujaku (Big Flood Water) 4:20 8. Mardaka yanu
(Hold your Child) 4:13 9. Echo Voices 3:43 10. Lajamanu Teenage Band
11. Kurdu Ku Yulami (Baby Crying) 4:51 12. Bundibee (Home Land of
Pigeon Hole) 4:24 13. Always On My Mind 4:00 14. Grandfather Tell Me
More Stories 2:41 15. Yirraru Jarru (Getting Lonely) 4:35. Alfred Rose
– Lead Vocals/RhythmGuitar, Kenneth Martin – Lead Vocals, Terry Banjo –
Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Darren Penn – Bass Guitar, Manual Herbert –
Drums, Cedric King –Keyboard. “This live recording of the Teenage Band
was done at Kurbi’s in Katherine on their Northern Territory tour
starting in Alice Springs – Tennant Creek – Katherine – Jabiru then to
Darwin for the NAIDOC Festival and back to Ngukurr. This album is
dedicated to the memory of Darren Penn one of the founding members of
the Lajamanu Teenage Band.”
- Lajamanu Teenage Band is also on Barunga Live 2006: Safe Tracks Home, New Indigenous music
from the NT, track 11, Yarrungkani. Skinnyfish/North Territory
Government, 2006 Cat. No BAR002CD
- [Curran, Georgia et al]. 2017. Yurntumu-wardingki juju-ngaliya-kurlangu yawulyu: Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu. 112pp. Accompanying CD set with songs Batchelor Press. http://batchelorpress.com/node/341 * song audio at https://call.batchelor.edu.au/project/yuendumu-wardingki/ * publicity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ8VfzzznHc by NT Writers' Centre, published on 3 Sep 2017