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Tjukurpa: The Story

by Frank Yamma

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    12" album on black vinyl

    Includes unlimited streaming of Tjukurpa: The Story via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    The first 20 pre-orders of the vinyl album will also receive 'The Kulila Project' CD with remixes from CORIN, David Bridie, James Henry as well as EA Wave's Jinku, Hiribae & Ukweli.
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She Cried 05:09
Kunka Kutchu 04:31
Coolibah 04:25


Tjukurpa is the foundation of Anangu life and society. Tjukurpa has many complex but complementary meanings and refers to the creation period when ancestral beings created the world as we now know it. Tjukurpa also refers to the present and future.

Frank Yamma as an artist, does life in the raw, in the most beautiful of ways. Frank doesn’t sweeten things up for you, even though he is quite the romantic in his own way - Frank sings of the beauty of the desert country, the nuance of a romantic relationship, the anguish, small observations. When I’m on stage with Frank there is always one moment where Phil Wales and I are left all aghast. You hone in on the cut of his voice, a turn of phrase, a guitar motif. I marvel at the music, the sound, the mood Frank has created with his songs…At his ability to get right to the heart of grassroots Pitjantjatjara and urban Adelaide life.

With Frank, there are moments where I breathe out slowly and think ‘this is as good as it gets’. All the stories, roads, and adventures through so many communities, so many countries…

Congratulations Tjilpi, on this wonderful compilation. Your songs are some of this country’s finest and should be heard and held forever on vinyl. Palya - David Bridie


released February 7, 2020

Frank Yamma Tjukurpa (The Story)
All songs written by Frank Yamma except
‘Dreaming for You’ (Frank Yamma/David Arnott) and
‘Beginning of the Day’, ‘Pitjantjatjara’ and ‘Mother & Father’ (Frank Yamma/David Bridie)

Frank Yamma - guitar, vocals
David Bridie - piano, keys
Philip Wales - electric guitar
Helen Mountfort - cello

Michael Barker - drums
Angus Burchal - drums
Joe Creighton - bass guitar
Michael Havir - keyboards

Recording and Mixing Engineers - Simon Polinski, Timothy Cole and Craig Pilkington
Mastered by Naomune Anzai

Art Design - Richard McGrath with Jacob Nash

Design for 'The Kulila Project'- Rosa Coyle-Hayward

Thank You, Palya-
Judy Armstrong, Agnes & Maxine Yamma, Amy Chapman, Carolyn Logan, Min Lucas, Simon Raynor, Russell Smith, David Page, Mathew Guggisberg, Selwyn Burns, Bertie Yamma, Ruth Armstrong, Audrey & Nathan Brumby, Coleen Wyne, Lena Young, Rachel Perkins, Shirley Reid, Serena Riley, Graeme Regan, Tom Hutchens, Dena Curtis, Murry Lui, Brett Doig, Brian Taranto, Dorion Dobrovic, Jacob Nash and the rest of the mob.

Photos by
Murry Lui, David Bridie, Richard McGrath, Mark Boskel (and other photographers we tried to find)


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Frank Yamma Kaltukatjara, Australia

Frank Yamma is a traditional Pitjantjatjara man from Australia's central desert. An extraordinary songwriter and an exceptional guitarist, Frank also has an incredible voice, rich, deep and resonant. Regarded by many as one of Australia’s most important Indigenous songwriters, his ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries constantly sets new standards through his music. ... more


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