For anybody who expects aboriginal music to be a carnival of ethnic costumes, didgeridoos and body-painting, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu might initially seem like an anti-climax. He wears black jeans, a black leather jacket and thick-soled black shoes. Blind from birth, he sits in front of the microphone, impassive and expressionless, until double-bass player Michael Hohnen quietly counts the band in. Gurrumul deftly plucks some introductory chords on his acoustic guitar – it's conventionally strung as a right-handed instrument, but he plays it left-handed – and starts singing.
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