Saltwater Band

Gumatj people, Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land, Australia
Pop | Reggae | Rock

Band members: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (former member of Yothu Yindi), Manuel Nulupani Dhurrkay (lead singer) and six others.

Saltwater Band sing in Yolngu Matha and English.

Saltwater Band
Saltwater Band


Album formats explained Explain formats

  • 10": 10 inch vinyl records were played at 45 or 33 1/3 rounds per minute (rpm). The former could hold 9, the latter 12 minutes of music per side.
  • 7": 7 inch records (often referred to as 45s) were played at 45 rpm or 33 1/3 rpm, with about 4:30 or 6 minutes of music per side.
  • LP: Long play, is a vinyl record played at ​33 1⁄3 rpm with a 12 or 10-inch diameter.
  • EP: Extended play, are vinyl records that allowed two or even three songs on each side.

Gapu Damurrun

1 January 1998
  1. Saltwater Music
  2. Gopuru
  3. Arafura Sea
  4. Ya Yawirrin
  5. Baru
  6. Yanguna
  7. Bakitju
  8. Gela Boy
  9. Djomula
  10. Galuku
  11. Gurrumul History
  12. Bangadi

This is Saltwater Band's debut album.

Djarridjarri (Blue Flag)

  1. Djilawurr (Orange Footed Scrub Fowl)
  2. Djarridjarri - Blue Flag
  3. Mala Rrakala
  4. Munurru
  5. Warwu (Grieving)
  6. Elcho Island Boys
  7. Galupa
  8. Reggae Music
  9. Colour Of Our Flag
  10. Bapa (Father)
  11. Let's Work Together
  12. Wata (Healing Wind)


10 September 2010
  1. Martjanba
  2. Malk (feat Natalie Pa'apa'a (Blue King Brown))
  3. Compass
  4. Marwurrumburr
  5. Djilawurr
  6. Gapu Gapu (short)
  7. Yolgnu Island Dancer
  8. Bolu
  9. Baywara
  10. Gapu Gapu (long)
  11. Galiku
  12. Martjanba Strings
  13. Wirrpangu
  14. Malk (Our Skin Remix)

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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, Saltwater Band, <>, retrieved 12 August 2020

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