Yidaki of the Month #4: October 2017, by Burrngupurrngu Wunungmurra

I’ve been stalling on this feature this month, hesitating about doing what I really wanted to. This is a non-commercial site, but I’m going to feature a yidaki for sale on my commercial site at www.gingerroot.com/catalog/yidaki.htm. It’s a great instrument that I shouldn’t still have available after a few months. It was made by Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra, whose life was interrupted by leukemia this past year. Check out my tribute to him in an earlier blog post. My old colleague Jeremy Cloake launched a fundraising campaign to help support Burrŋupurrŋu. When this instrument sells, I’ll send another US$100 to that campaign on top of the cut Burrnŋupurrŋu and his wife Djul’djul Gurruwiwi already got.

The rumor is that young yidaki maker Dhapa Ganambarr assisted Burrŋupurrŋu on this one. I believe it from the mouthpiece, which leans more towards Dhapa’s style. Djul’djul provided a fantastic painting as always, this time featuring ganguri, the Dhuwa yam. The leafy vine runs most of the length of the instrument, with the edible tuber at the bottom. As usual, she uses traditional, natural paints of ochre and clay.

Stats: 140cm long • 9cm bell • 3.5cm mouthpiece

Here’s my original demo video for the instrument:

And here’s my more recent 1-minute “Didjeridu of the Day” post on Instagram.

Yidaki for Sale mouthpiece
Mouthpiece
Yidaki for Sale bell
Distal end

The price is $850 plus shipping. Heck, I’ll make it $800 if you mention “yidaki of the month.” Contact me HERE if you’re interested. I’d love to get this to a good home and get some more funds to Burrŋupurrŋu and Djul’djul.

I promise a more informative and historic yidaki of the month in November!

PREVIOUS YIDAKI OF THE MONTH:
#1, July 2017, by Djakanŋu Yunupiŋu
#2, August 2017, by Milkayŋu Munuŋgurr
#3, September 2017, by Djalu’ Gurruwiwi

yidaki for sale

2 Replies to “Yidaki of the Month #4: October 2017, by Burrngupurrngu Wunungmurra”

  1. Beautiful instrument! I still regularly
    play the Burrŋupurrŋu you bought for me when you were un Australia … something like 20+ years ago. Its the crown jewel of my little didj collection! The price you’re asking now I believe is a huge bargain for some lucky person.

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