'Yirimi Gundir' was produced by Trials (one half of A.B. Original) and is accompanied by a remix version of the song.
After premiering his debut single, Yirimi Gundir, at the AFL’s Dreamtime At The G match on Saturday (20 May), Butchulla artist Fred Leone has released the official track.
Yirimi Gundir was produced by Trials (one half of A.B. Original) and is accompanied by a remix version of the song. You can check out both below.
As well as thanking Mushroom Creative House, Trials, Mo’Ju, musical director Chong Lim and more, Leone wrote on social media, “Yirimi Gundir is available on all platforms now and the pre-order for 7inch vinyl with a b side original version recorded with the only vocals, boomerangs, emu egg, grass tree stems and gum tree leaves. You can also grab my awesome tea towels there as well!” All items are available on Fred Leone’s website.
The AFL Dreamtime At The G music line-up boasted an incredible roster of Indigenous Australian artists, including Leone, Mo’Ju, Wurundjeri dance groups Djirri Djirri, Bandok Tati and Dreamtime Contemporary Dancers, and the Archie Roach Band.
Amos Roach (son of Archie) took to the stage, alongside award-winning singer-songwriter Bumpy, Radical Son, and AFL Hall Of Famer Michael Long. Together, the team delivered a rendition of Archie Roach’s Colour Of Your Jumper in tribute to the 30th anniversary of AFL footballer Nicky Winmar’s courageous stance against racism in the sport.
“I’m so excited, I feel so honoured - it’s such a dream show to play,” Bumpy said in a statement. “I’ve been going since I was a little kid, so it’s very surreal to think that I’m going to be on the field performing. It’s so beautiful that we’re coming together for the indigenous round and just sharing the space with all mob and celebrating.”
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Last month, Leone was one of the hosts at the 2023 APRA Music Awards. Leone will also appear at next month’s festivals, Vivid LIVE in Sydney and RISING in Melbourne, alongside rapper and producer Birdz.
Together, the cousins by family and brothers in music are hosting intimate shows and present Gira: a project the likes of which has not been seen before. Gira perfectly pairs Birdz's sharp, poetic, rhythmic lyricisms fused with Aboriginal Creole language and Fred's soaring vocals in both Butchulla and English.
Produced by Ngarrindjeri man and multi-platinum, ARIA-winning producer Trials, this collaboration of some of the country's most in-demand and talented Indigenous artists will have its world premiere at Forum II for RISING before heading to Vivid LIVE.