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Mal Webb has been teaching songwriting and music in general at Ti Tree School in NT since 2004, visiting about 3 times a year as part of Music Outback www.musicoutback.com.au . This song was written with Seraphina Presley, a teacher at the school who is passionate about language and culture in both Warlpiri and Anmatyerr. She said, "I wanted to write a song that reminds our kids how cool our culture is".

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Nyurruwiyi
© Seraphina Presley, Mal Webb, Seini Taumoepeau
(Warlpiri language: See translation below)

Nyurruwiyi kalalu yapaju nyinaja
Kirlka-nyayirni

Warlalja nyanjaku manu kurdujuku
Purda-nyanjarla

Wantangka, Yulyurrpu-ngka
Wajirrkinyi-rla manu Warijarri-rla

Murru Murru rarralypa manu pirrjirti
Ngurrju mata wangu

Yapa-ju wapajalpalu
Kirri-kari-kirra wurramanji wirlinyi

Wantangka, Yulyurrpu-ngka
Wajirrkinyi-rla manu Warijarri-rla

Nyurruwiyi kalalu yapaju nyinaja FC
Kirlka-nyayirni

Translation by Cindy Presley:
Long time ago, this is how they lived. Healthy and strong

They would observe the world, do ceremony and listen

Summer, Winter (cold time), Spring (green time) and Autumn (westerly wind)

Through sickness and health, they were lively without tiredness

They used to walk, place to place, camping out and hunting

Summer, Winter (cold time), Spring (green time) and Autumn (westerly wind)

Long time ago, this is how they lived. Healthy and strong

credits

from Gourd in the Act, released January 10, 2020
Written by Seraphina Presley, Mal Webb and Seini Taumoepeau
On this recording, sung by Penelope Swales, Carl Pannuzzo and Mal Webb.
Other violin by Kylie Morrigan

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Totally Gourdgeous Melbourne, Australia

Four outrageously diverse singer-songwriter-musicians united under Gourd. Indeed, playing instruments made from those woody cucurbits brings their music together to make folk funk philosophy to feed your wildest pumpkin longings. Penelope Swales (guitar), Carl Pannuzzo (drums), Mal Webb (bass, mbira and bugle) and Andrew Clermont (violin, mandolin and guitar). Instigated in 1998. ... more

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