Gurrumul’s ‘Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)’ has won for Australian Music Prize for 2019.
The posthumous ‘Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)’ was a four-time ARIA Award winner. The album was finished just weeks before Gurrumul passed in July 2017. It reached number one on the Australian album chart.
The Australian Music Prize was chosen by a panel of 21 judges including Hoodoo Gurus Dave Faulkner. “I am very pleased to announce that ‘Djarimirri’ by Gurumul has won the 14th Australian Music Prize. Every year, The AMP is a testament to the vibrancy and importance of the album as an artform in today’s music landscape,” Dave Faulkner said in a statement. “As Gurrumul proves, albums are more than just a collection of singles, they are a statement, a message, a story that adds an artist’s voice to our nation’s cultural fabric and this is something that Gurrumul and indeed all of our finalists have achieved.”
PPCA supplied a $30000 cash prize for the winning album.
PPCA Chief Executive Dan Rosen said, “On behalf of all at PPCA, it is an honour to present a cheque for $30,000 for what was truly a remarkable album and a worthy addition to the growing list of AMP winners that have left their mark on Australian music. We hope this contribution from PPCA will provide further assistance in taking his music to the world.”
The 2019 Australian Music Prize shortlist was:
Abbe May – Fruit
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Dead Can Dance – Dionysus
Grand Salvo – Sea Glass
Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) WINNER
Laura Jean – Devotion
The Presets – Hi Viz
Rolling Backouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs
Sam Anning – Across A Field As Vast As One