Cairns-based choir Marliya and Australian singer-songwriter Emma Donovan have just scored themselves a fan in music legend Tom Waits.
Last week, the group’s rendition of Make It Rain, recorded live at Sydney Opera House in 2019 as part of the premiere of Spinifex Gum, was released as part of the venue’s Digital Season and it quickly caught the attention of the American artist, who described it as “gorgeous”.
An Aboriginal choir hailing from Cairns, Queensland, Spinifex Gum performed this gorgeous rendition of “Make It Rain”, sung partly in the traditional Aboriginal Yindjibarndi language. Watch their performance of the song at the Sydney Opera house here: https://t.co/ySByJsce4T— Tom Waits (ANTI-) (@tomwaits) October 27, 2020
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Brought together by The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl, Spinifex Gum featured the Marliya choir singing in English and Yindjibarndi as well as special guests Donovan, Peter Garrett, Briggs and more.
Sydney Opera House described the performance as “a powerful collaboration of voice, sound, movement and change, in musical snapshots of life in the Pilbara, north Western Australia”.
Check out the new rendition of Make It Rain below and head to the Sydney Opera House website to watch Spinifex Gum in full.