The late Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu makes history with Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow), which debuts at No. 1 on this week’s ARIA Albums Chart to become the first LP in an indigenous language to lead the national survey.
More than four years in the making, Djarimirri features traditional songs and harmonized chants from his traditional Yolngu life, set to orchestral arrangements. The album, released via Skinnyfish Music / MGM Distribution, was completed just weeks before the ARIA Award-winning artist’s passing in July 2017, following a long battle with ill health.
Djarimirri eclipses the singer and songwriter’s previous three studio albums, which all peaked at No. 3: Gurrumul (in October 2008), Rrakala (April 2011) and The Gospel Album (August 2015).
The indigenous Australian artist is the subject of a new Paul Williams-directed documentary, Gurrumul, set for release at cinemas across Australia this Wednesday (April 25) through Madman Entertainment.
Also on the Australian albums chart this week, American rockers Breaking Benjamin score a top 10 for the first time with Ember (Hollywood Records/UMA), their sixth album, which starts at No. 9, while Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town (Sony) opens just one place behind at No. 10. And in the week he was announced as the recipient of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, rapper Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album Damn (Interscope/Universal) rises 38-25.
On the ARIA Singles Chart, Drake replaces himself at the summit as “Nice For What” (Republic/Universal) improves 7-1 in its second week on the tally. “Nice For What” ends the 11-week streak at No. 1 for the Canadian rapper’s “God’s Plan,” which drops to No. 3, one place below Post Malone’s “Psycho” (Republic/Universal) featuring Ty Dolla $ign.