One of Australia’s brightest new Indigenous bands Mambali returned earlier this year delivering their signature stomper Legend Of The Devil Dance, now the Dhambul songline has been turned up to 11 with a remix from the legendary Studio G.
Headed by fellow Territorian James Mangohig, whose credits include records from Daniel Johns, Briggs, Stevie Jean, Tasman Keith and heaps more, the Studio G remix packs the attitude of a hip-hop infused club track that offers a.
Legend of the Devil Dance is Mambali’s signature song and is a Dhambul songline from Ayawyrra on Bickerton Island and Wyndhangan on the mainland of the Gulf of the Carpentaria. According to the songline, the ancestors wanted to connect the two countries Ayawurra and Wyndhangan together by building a sand bar or bridge from the mainland to the island.
The law dictates that people can only sing and dance at night and the bridge was not finished when daybreak arrived. The decision was made to remain on separate sides of the gulf, but to become one tribe with one songline. Today, if you visit Wyndhangan you can still see the sandbar that exists between the mainland and Bickerton Island and the songline continues.
2019 saw the emergence of the Numbulwar party band from the edge of the Gulf Of Carpentaria, impressing with their debut single Fish Hawk, but really turning heads with their single Yuwani, teaming up with Emily Wurramara and delivering one of the most memorable video clips of the year.
The success of the song catapulted the band onto the national stage, leaving the NT Indigenous touring circuit where their performances are as legendary as the Devil Dance itself, for appearances including WOMADelaide, a sold out show at Darwin Festival and lauded performances at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND Festival where their unflinching meshing of traditional and contemporary had the industry talking and even saw them gracing the RAGE couch.
With thanks to SGC Media