Monday June 3, 2013 09:42
Popular Australian Aboriginal singer dies
The lead singer of the popular Australian Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi has died, it was reported Monday.
Mandawuy Yunupingu, 56, had been fighting kidney disease for several years and died at his home in remote Yirrkala in northern Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
He was an outspoken advocate for a formal treaty between Aboriginals and white Australia, and Yothu Yindi’s song ‘Treaty’ was a worldwide hit.
Yunupingu’s music blended Aboriginal sounds with Western rock and he was named Australian of the Year in 1992 for his music and work as a teacher with Aboriginal children.
The band was particularly popular in Germany, where they toured with rocker Peter Maffay in 1998 and recorded an album in Bavaria.
The band performed to a global audience at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. (dpa)