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Video Premiere: Gurrumul and Paul Kelly "Amazing Grace"


Instigated by a live collaboration earlier this year at the Barunga Festival, Gurrumul and Paul Kelly's unique rendition of "Amazing Grace" equally balances the two acclaimed vocalists' styles — matching Gurrumul's soulful fragility with Kelly's more commanding directness. The duo breathe new life into the well-known Christian hymn, Gurrumul's adaption of verses into his own Yolngu language giving the immediate distinction, yet its his delivery, in his usual perfectly patient manner, that transitions the song — traditionally aligned with calls for forgiveness — towards a more optimistic, hopeful perspective. An approach celebrated further through the song's video, which merges the two vocalists performances with the smiling faces of indigenous children.

"Amazing Grace" features on Gurrumul's latest release, The Gospel Album, available now via Skinnyfish Music/MGM.


Topics: Paul Kelly   Gurrumul


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