In this video: Yalanji songwoman Deline Briscoe performs Wawu as part of Melbourne Recital Centre’s biannual Yinga-bul celebrations.

About Deline Briscoe: After 10 years touring the world as a principal artist with the Black Arm Band and performing with Archie Roach, Emma Donovan, Tiddas and Mission Songs Project, Yalanji woman of song Deline Briscoe launched her stunning solo debut album, Wawu. Wawu—a Yalanji word encompassing the concepts of spirit, heart, love and connections between people, land, past, present and future—tells the story of four generations of women from one family: Deline, her daughter Jade, her Mother and her Mother’s mother.

Sung in Yalanji language as well as English, the songs extend a gentle call to people struggling in life; an acknowledgement of their pain, and a tender reassurance that can only come from women who have risen, triumphant, from the darkest of times. Capturing the imaginations, hearts and ears of her audiences, Deline and her band gracefully relate the human emotions to inspire healing, strength and empowerment — a spiritual experience as much as it is a musical journey.

Teacher and Student Resources:  Immerse yourself in the rich jazz harmonies, complex textures, and warm voice of Indigenous singer-songwriter Deline Briscoe. Be inspired by these three contrasting songs to create your own song. Download the Listen Up activities here.

Supported by the Mary Vallentine Limitless Stage Fund.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *