On 16th March the filming for Tjintu Desert Band’s new music video will take place at Todd Street Mall Sunday Markets. Fans and local residents are asked to meet on the grass at the front of the church in Todd Mall at 10am, bringing portable music players and headphones if possible.
The debut album by Central Australia’s local favourites was released on 7 March and is
by the CAAMA Music record label. It’s distributed nationally by MGM and promoted by AUM PR – a company known for promoting Indigenous artists into the mainstream, including Gurrumul, Dan Sultan, Shellie Morris and East Journey.
The new album Tjamuku Ngurra (meaning ‘Grandfather’s Country’) features a sixteen page booklet of lyrics in Luritja and their English translations, along with impressive panoramic photos taken of Tjintu Desert Band’s home community, Ikuntji/Haasts Bluff. Through their music the band hopes to share their culture and connection to the land, which they explain within the album:
“Ikuntji is so much more than the town itself – it’s the rocky hills, the red earth, the country of our Dreaming, our grandfathers’ country. This land is our connection to everything; our language, our dances, our stories, our bodies and our music. It holds all those stories from our past and guides us into the future.
This is tjamuku ngurra, or ‘grandfather’s country’. This land, with all its teachings and history, has been passed down through the generations. It is now our responsibility to care for the land, to remember the stories of our grandfathers and to re-tell those stories to our children and our children’s children.”
The first track to be released to radio is the title track – Tjamuku Ngurra. Lifted off Tjintu Desert Band’s debut album of the same name this song & album showcase the new sound coming out of Central Australia right now.
Tjamuku Ngurra is available for sale from the CAAMA Music shop at 101 Todd Street, your own community store or www.caamamusic.com.au