“…one of Australia’s most sought after indigenous artists. Yamma’s heartfelt set of husky, beautiful songs hit the AWME crowd like a sucker punch…” ***** Jane Cornwall, SONGLINES/BBC3
Frank Yamma is one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters and performers. When Yamma sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man from Australia’s central desert, he sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply arresting voice are all there in his compelling album ‘Uncle’(2014).
“Evocative and occasionally heart-wrenching…Yamma writes songs combining deep sadness with a remarkable beauty.” Limelight Magazine
Frank has an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries, his incredible voice, rich, deep and resonant, Yamma’s brutally honest tales of alcohol abuse, cultural degradation, respect for the old law and the importance of country are spine tingling.
“He’s from the central desert and is the kind of singer-songwriter who can lead us out of the wilderness. All of us. Multilingual, an incredibly skilled guitarist of great musicality… Honest to the point of brutality, he tells it precisely as it is, in the most heart-rending possible way. If ‘She Cried’ can’t move you to tears, your lachrymal profusion may’ve dried up for good; if desiccation persists, seek medical advice. His is a soul laid bare.” Crikey Magazine
“The voice grabs you first, a soulful shout of pain and yearning to connect and remember. But it’s the voice, relating hard tales with honesty and emotion that makes this a raw, stripped-back classic.” The Independent UK
“Yamma’s rich, powerful voice resonates and is as spiritually charged as any of the songs on Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s solo CD or Archie Roach’s albums.” Tony Hillier, The Australian
“Frank Yamma … received a standing ovation from a packed house” Rhythms Magazine