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was the first song to hit the popular music charts sung in an Australian Aboriginal language, released by Warumpi Band
Jailangaru Pakarnu means "Out from Jail" in the Luritja language, and the rest of Warumpi Band's songs followed similar country-rock musical and lyrical themes documenting life in the Northern Territory and elsewhere through the 1980s and 90s. Consisting mainly of lead singer and didgeridoo player George Burarrwanga, a Yolngu man; brothers Gordon Butcher Tjapanangka and Sammy Butcher Tjapanangka, Luritja men; and Neil Murray, a whitefella from Victoria; the group disbanded in 2000.
Sit Down Money
Tjiluru Tjiluru (Sad & Lonely)
Their most popular and well known song is My Island Home
, which has become an unofficial anthem
for many Australians.