Waakya – A Strikingly Beautiful Re-Imagining of Ancestral Songs from Arnhem land
Waakya is a bold cross-cultural collaboration between Yolngu songman Daniel Wilfred with electro-acoustic musicians Martin Ng and Ben Carey. With David Wilfred (Yidaki) & Matt McGuigan (guitar) joining for these performances. Over the last decade Daniel Wilfred has developed an international reputation as an innovator of Yolngu music traditions, seeking to develop new artistic directions for the ancestral music of Arnhem Land. In 2022, Daniel worked with turntablist and electronic musician Martin Ng on “Fresh Water-Salt Water”, a critically acclaimed collaboration between the Australian Art Orchestra and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. This collaboration awakened a mutual desire to bring new life to manikay, the ancestral songs of Arnhem Land. The result is Waakya (“the crow moving its feathers”), an extraordinary re-imagining of manikay that surprises and delights with a new, spell-binding beauty.