Yirrmal Marika

Geelong, Victoria

Singer, songwriter, role model

A Yolngu man, Yirrmal sings songs that have been passed down since the Dreamtime. His father, Witiyana Marika, was a founding member of the pioneering Yothu Yindi band. Yirrmal left his Arnhem Land home in 2011 for Geelong, where he has been furthering his education and leadership skills. It is Yirrmal’s ability to convey what country means to an Indigenous person that make him an inspirational performer with great global potential. This grant will enable him to work on a new album with a number of musical mentors, including Neil Murray and Shane Howard of Goanna fame.