About this didgeridoo:
1st Toots : E
Mouth Inner Diameter : 38x29mm
Bell Inner Diameter : 94x80mm
About the Artist:
Artist : Djalu Gurruwiwi
Born: 1940 Djalu Gurruwiwi is a senior Galpu man who currently lives at Birri'tjimi community, just out of Nhulunbuy township. He balances his TIme between family, community, ceremonial and public duTIes.
He occasionally travels to Galiwin'ku for ceremony and someTImes stays at the Galpu clan homeland of Gikal with his family. Djalu is both a highly respected senior Yolŋu lawman and a ChrisTIan leader, having completed studies in theology at Nungalinya College in 1994 in Darwin. He was born at Milingimbi mission on Wirriku island, part of the Wessel island group. Although his date of birth is officially recorded as the 1st of January, 1930, this is most likely inaccurate.
At the TIme, the ChrisTIan missionaries had no way of knowing the exact date of birth, therefore inaccuracies were inevitable.
Djalu shared the exact same recorded date of birth with two of his brothers. It is likely that he was born someTIme during the 1940's, possibly a liTTle later, although he oFTen has the energy and strength of a man half that age. Like many other aspects of Djalu, his age remains a mystery. Djalus father was Monyu, an important Yolŋu leader and feared warrior. Monyu insTIlled in Djalu the importance of Yolŋu law and gave Djalu the specific role as the primary custodian of the yiḏaki for his clan, the Galpu.
This role is significant not only for his own clan, but also for the wider Yolŋu communiTIes because many other clans throughout Arnhem land look to the Galpu clan as one of the primary custodians of the instrument. This should not however be misinterpreted as meaning Djalu is the custodian for the yiḏaki. There are many other Yolŋu people with the same role within their own clan and their own parTIcular type of yiḏaki.Djalu had several immediate brothers (ie. by blood, not kinship) from the same father as Monyu, some of whom were given the roles of manikaymi; those who have the right and authority to sing sacred song cycles. In ceremony, Djalu would play yiḏaki and his brothers would sing.
Through this process Djalu learned the detailed history, kinship and law not only that of his clan the Galpu,but also that belonging to other Yolŋu clans. His skills as a yiḏaki player and maker became well known amongst the Yolŋu and he aTTended many ceremonies, becoming well versed in Yolŋu law.
All these yidaki are made in Arnhem Land, and we are proud to support the Yolgnu craftsmen/custodians of this amazing instrument and to be able to help promote these quality authentic yidaki. It has also been worked on the inside to improve the sound, so you can be assured, it plays and sounds great! Have a listen to the sound sample so you see for yourself.
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Bonus Didgeridoo Lessons to FAST Track Your Learning
Every didgeridoo ships with free online access to our Didgeridoo Dojo Beginner Sessions, that's $39 USD of extra value completely free of charge.
Didgeridoo Dojo is our online learning platform and the most comprehensive "learn to play didgeridoo" resource on the planet!
So many didgeridoo players and beginners struggle because of lack of access to good quality training and in-person lessons. This is especially true for people outside of Australia.
To solve this problem we built the Didgeridoo Dojo, an online platform that allows anyone to learn the didgeridoo no matter where they are.
The goal of Didge Dojo is to provide the closest thing to a one on one experience as possible. We've used our thousands of hours of experience in teaching the didgeridoo in-person, to create a structure that makes learning the didgeridoo fast, easy and most importantly, FUN!
With comprehensive video lessons ranging from beginner techniques like making the drone sound and circular breathing to advanced techniques like didgeridoo beatboxing presented by the hilarious Nathan Kaye, Didgeridoo Dojo has something for everyone!
About the Beginner Sessions
Our beginner lesson series will put you on the fast-track to becoming a didgeridoo player and will have you sounding fantastic in no time at all.
Think of our didgeridoo lessons as your own private one-on-one class. One of us, with you, sitting down, learning a new didgeridoo technique. What's included: The beginner lesson set covers everything you need to know to start playing the didge at the entry level.
The topics we cover include:
1. Getting you familiar with the didgeridoo, positioning of the didge when you play and how a didgeridoo actually works!
2. Consistently making the didgeridoo sound know as the didgeridoo drone or drone sound
3. Circular breathing on the didgeridoo which is the key to playing the didgeridoo continuously without breaking the sound
4. Basic didgeridoo sound variations or didgeridoo vocals
5. Some diaphragm and breathing techniques to varying your didgeridoo sound and play louder and quieter
6. Some diaphragm and breathing techniques to varying your didgeridoo sound and play louder and quieter
7. We introduce you to didgeridoo rhythms and give you some easy to learn rhythms perfect for impressing your family and friends with your playing
8. And finally some bonus intermediate and advanced lessons to give you a taste of what that next level of playing feels like! We know you will enjoy your didge journey!
Access to the beginner sessions is normally $39 USD but is completely free with any didgeridoo purchase.