Auriel Andrew | Mbitjana

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by Auriel Andrew

Australian bush ballads with a country flavor. Featuring the beautiful Amazing Grace sung in native Pitjantjitjara.
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ghan To Alice
2:36 album only
2. Let A Dark Face Smile At Me
4:35 album only
3. I Wonder Why
2:41 album only
4. Amazing Grace
5:11 album only
5. Alice Spring Waltz
2:41 album only
6. Arnhem Land Lullaby
4:16 album only
7. Easy Going
3:25 album only
8. Arunta Mans Dream
3:39 album only
9. Drop Me Gently
3:01 album only
10. Old Bungalow Days
3:18 album only
11. (Australia) Down Under
2:44 album only
12. McDonnel Ranges
3:10 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Auriel comes from the Arrernte people in Alice Springs. Her skin name is Mbitjana and her totem is the hairy Caterpillar. The youngest of seven children, she started singing at the age of four, and began her professional career in the late 1960’s working with Chad Morgan in the Adelaide and Port Lincoln areas, and appeared on live TV music broadcasts, including shows hosted by Roger Cardwell, Johnny Mack & Ernie Sigley, and then becoming a regular on Channel Nine’s Heather McKean & Reg Lindsey Show. In 1973 she moved to Sydney, and toured with Jimmy Little, performing at popular clubs and pubs around NSW.

She performed at the Sydney Opera House for the venue’s grand opening, and sang ‘Amazing Grace’ in Pitjantjitjara for Pope John Paul II during his Australian tour. At the 2008 Deadlys, Auriel was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music. Auriel’s well known recordings include the country classic ‘Truck Drivin’ Woman’ and Bob Randell’s ‘Brown Skin Baby’. Recently she performed at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Woodford Dreaming Festival, and is regularly performing at various clubs around the Newcastle Area. In 2011 she was awarded The Order Of Australia Medal (OAM) for her work as an entertainer and contribution to her communities through charity events.



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