Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, one of Australia’s hottest music properties, should add to his bulging trophy cabinet with victory at the upcoming AIR Awards, at which he has three nominations.
Yunupingu is up for best independent album for “Gurrumul” (Skinnyfish Music/MGM), best new independent artist and for best independent blues and roots at the third annual ceremony, to be held Nov. 24 in Melbourne’s Corner Hotel.
The blind singer and songwriter recently collected an ARIA Fine Arts Award and followed up with the best independent album trophy Oct. 19 at the ARIA Awards, where he delivered one of the performances of the night. “Gurrumul” has been a major beneficiary of the televised program, soaring 27-3 on this week’s ARIA albums chart.
At the AIR Awards, Yunupingu, who was born on Elcho Island, off the coast of Arnhem Land, in Australia’s Northern Territory, will contest the prestigious independent album category with Lior’s “Corner Of An Endless Road” (Sensico Unico/MGM), Little Red’s “Listen to Little Red” (Hooch Hound Records/Shock), British India’s “Thieves” (Flashpoint Records/Shock), Sneaky Sound System’s “2” (Whack Records/MGM)
Other multiple nominees include Lior, Little Red, the Getaway Plan, Sneaky Sound System and the Waifs.
Drinks brand Jagermeister is sponsor of this year’s awards gala. Awards are based on stats gathered each week by the Melbourne-based Association of Independent Record Labels for the AIR Independent Chart, which is based on sales rankings supplied by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
Only those sets issued through an Australian-owned independent record label and distributed by an Australian owned independent distribution company are eligible. Albums are judged over the 12-month period from Sept. 1, 2007 to Aug. 31, 2008.