FRANK YAMMA IS THE VOICE OUT OF THE CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN DESERT THAT IS STRIKING A CHORD IN THE HEARTS OF THE WORLD MUSIC COMMUNITY.
Frank Yamma is a traditional Pitjantjatjara man from Australia's central desert and speaks five languages. An extraordinary songwriter and an exceptional guitarist, Frank Yamma also has an
incredible voice, rich, deep and resonant. Regarded by many as one of Australia's most important Indigenous Songwriters, Yamma's brutally honest tales of alcohol abuse, cultural degradation, respect for the old law and the importance of country are spine tingling. His ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries constantly sets new standards through his music.
The release of Franks latest CD Countryman drew immediate attention along with critical acclaim, attracting national play listing on Australia's national broadcaster ABC Radio, "Album of the Week" on Australia's foremost alternative radio station Triple R, bookings for Australian festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Byron Bay Music Festival as well as international performance dates for the City of London Festival and Austrian Music Festival "Colours of Ostravia", an invitation to showcase at this years WOMEX, UK distribution through Proper Records, a four page "Songlines Magazine spread on Frank and record label Wantok Musik, and his album featuring on BBC3.
"The voice grabs you first, a soulful shout of pain and yearning to connect and remember. But its the voice, relating hard tales with honesty and emotion, that makes this a raw, stripped-back classic." "Album of The Week" Tim Cumming, The Independent (UK)
...........a gutsy and often pained set of ballads that veer between folk-pop and country. He saves many of his best melodies for the non-English-language songs, which include the epic and soulful Pitjantjara and Docker River, which sounds like an intense country weepie. Robyn Denselow, The Guardian (UK)
Pitjantjatjara singer-songwriter Frank Yamma's deadliest album to date.. Yamma's rich, powerful voice resonates and is as spiritually charged as any of the songs on Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu's solo CD or Archie Roach's albums. Tony Hillier, The Australian
... one of Australia's most sought after indigenous artists. Yamma's heartfelt set of husky, beautiful songs hit the AWME crowd like a sucker punch... Jane Cornwall, Songlines/BBC3 – 5 Star Review
Evocative and occasionally heart-wrenching, Countryman is a plaintive cry from the Central desert, and a truly moving masterpiece. Seth Jordan, Limelight
The only way is up for Central Australian singer / songwriter Frank Yamma. Emma Sleath, ABC Alice Springs Frank Yamma ... received a standing ovation from a packed house for a performance that made up for any lack of polish with raw emotional power. Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine
Tony Joe White brought his swamp blues to Fremantle and pleased his baby boomer fans from way back. But it was Frank Yamma that was the real joy of the night. Fasterlouder
So overwhelmed were the audience with Yamma's deeply emotional vocals and the poignancy of his songs that within days he was booked for, a big music festival in the Czech Republic and the City of London Festival. Bruce Elder, The Sydney Morning Herald
an absorbing and immensely moving listening experience.
Graham Blackley, Beat Magazine
From the opening two minutes of She Cried, you can tell that the latest album from Central Australia's guitar hero Frank Yamma is going to break your heart, wipe away your tears, then make you cry some more... His honesty and emotion will tug on your heart like any deep Johnny Cash song would ....Tom Norton, Inpress