Emily Wurramara is a talented singer-songwriter from Groote Eylandt, an island off the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory, who is now based in Tasmania. Through her music, she shares stories of country, family and culture sung in English and her traditional language Anindilyakwa.
Her debut album Milyakburra is steeped in the sand, salt and concrete of her family, community, islands and all of the souls that have played a part in her journey so far. Teaming up with award-winning producer David Bridie, the album explores the contrasting themes of the two worlds in which Emily grew up – the island and the city. It contains special collaborations from her Uncle Enoch, some of the children of Groote Eylandt and her Great Great Grandmother ‘Gayangwa Lalara’.
Milyakburra, released on Wantok Musik, was critically acclaimed and played widely on triple j & ABC radio amongst others. The album was nominated for the 2018 ARIA Award for ‘Best Blues And Roots Album’ and received four 2019 Queensland Music Award Nominations. The album also won the ‘Best Blues And Roots Album of the Year’ at the 2019 AIR Awards.
Emily is in high demand to perform in Australia and internationally. This year she has supported the likes of Cat Empire and Mavis Staples as well as performances at Folk Alliance New Orleans and Port Fairy Folk Festival. Emily’s sophomore album is due to be released in late 2020 with plans for more international touring in 2021.
"Gliding between blissful indie-folk tracks and R & B groovers, Milyakburra is bound together by Wurramara’s uplifting voice which resides somewhere between smooth and salty in a way that impresses upon the listener and sticks with you for days. "
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"Milyakburra sees Wurramara expand on her huge talent for expressing beauty, pain, and triumph in her stories on record."