SALT LAKE BAND
This very cool 10 piece band of Black Brothers come from the traditional lands of Groote Elyandt far north in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ their gorgeous country basks still in the pristine white sands and low still waters untouched by most human beings. Walking talking… dancing and singing in their most unique and complex language of Anindilyakwa spoken in no other part of the world. This band of cousin brothers, future grandfather, uncle, nephews merging from school as teenagers mostly from the small community of Umbakumba (350 pop) and Angurugu 45 minutes away.
Hauling in huge community numbers right across the Island at the sound of the first drum beat, strum lick of the bass and lead guitar or gravitating to the haunting and mesmeric rapid quick fire language pronouncements of lead singer Brandon Yantarrgna jamming loudly softly in pure language. It’s engrossly captivating. Acknowledging sacred homelands, elders passed, stories from yesterday kept alive today. Lyrics tied to sacred Totems of Dugong, sword fish, shark, parrot bird and seagull creators of country tied distinctly to each of their 14 clan groups.
Salt Lake Band sometimes expanding to 12 and more with the acquisition traditional dance and YADAKI. Legendary through the Top End, adored through the Desert and the big guns invited to close Australia’s premier Black fella event at Sydney’s YABAN Day in 2017. This is culture. This is soul. This is The Salt Lake Band.