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Frank Yamma


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Frank Yamma is one of Australia’s most talented contemporary performers. He also happens to be a traditional Pitjantjatjara man from Australia’s central desert and speaks five languages. An extraordinary songwriter and an exceptional guitarist, Frank Yamma also has an incredible voice, rich, deep and resonant.

When Frank sings about standing on a sand dune watching over the landscape, it is if you are standing with him. When he sings about the plight of Aboriginal children born into a world of chaos and alcohol, Frank wrenches the heart.

Frank, who lives in Alice Springs, has been a legend in Central Australia for the last ten years. On return from his international debut at Midern in Hong Kong, Frank hit national television and radio waves with live performances on the ABC’s “Recovery” Radio National, and Triple J. He also performed with David Bridie for a one night show in Alice.

On his first trip to Sydney in 1997, Frank performed along side ‘My Friend the Chocolate Cake’, Julie Anthony and Richard Clapton, as well as receiving extensive media coverage from both ABC and SBS TV and radio, and local community stations.

The ABC’s Songlines program recorded Frank’s song ‘Everybody’s Talking’ for TV and the accompanying CD. Frank also joined Tiddas on Bart Willoughby’s track ‘Sunrise’, while Queensland group Aim 4 More recorded their own version of Frank’s first song ‘Make More Spear’. In April 1997 he was invited to return to Sydney to perform for the media launch of the ‘Songlines’ program. On his return home he recorded with newly formed multicultural group ‘Terrasphere’. SBS also travelled to Alice in June to produce a clip for Frank.


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