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Interesting Facts About Aboriginal Australian musician Mandawuy Yunupingu



Mandawuy Yunupingu

Google Doodle praises the 64th birthday celebration of an Aboriginal Australian musician, civil rights activist, and teacher Mandawuy Yunupingu on September 17, 2020.

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Google Doodle on Mandawuy Yunupingu’s 64th Birthday

Here’s a look at the life and work of Aboriginal Australian musician Mandawuy Yunupingu.


  • Birth name: Tom Djambayang Bakamana Yunupingu
  • Birthdate: 17 September 1956
  • Birthplace: Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Died on: 2 June 2013 (aged 56)
  • Death place: Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Father name: Munggurrawuy Yunupingu
  • Mother name: Makurrngu
  • Birth Sign: Virgo
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Education:
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • Deakin University
  • Known for: Musician, school principal
  • Notable awards:
    • Australian of the Year (1992)
    • Centenary Medal (2001)
    • Companion of the Order of Australia (2012)

Interesting Facts about Mandawuy Yunupingu

  • Mandawuy Yunupingu was an Aboriginal Australian musician and educator.
  • Yunupingu was born as Tom Djambayang Bakamana Yunupingu in 1956 to Munggurrawuy Yunupingu , a Gumatj clan leader and artist and Makurrngu – one of Munggurrawuy’s 12 spouses – was an member of the Galpu clan.
  • His skin name was Gudjuk, yet his name was changed to Mandawuy in 1990 when a relative with a similar name passed on, in accordance with Yolngu custom.
  • Mandawuy Yunupingu was a lead singer of popular Australian indigenous band, Yothu Yindi.
  • In 1986 he started the band, Yothu Yindi.
  • Mandawuy Yunupingu named his popular band Yothu Yindi, in light of the fact that it signifies ‘Child and Mother’ in his native tongue, Gumatj.
  • He worked with Andrew Farriss, of INXS, to create the most recent Yothu Yindi album.
  • In 1983, Mandawuy Yunupingu published “Outstation Schools at Yirrkala” in Aboriginal Child at School, where he portrayed the advantages to indigenous individuals.
  • In 1987, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from Deakin University, before getting back to Yirrkala to educate.
  • In March 1987 Mandawuy Yunupinguadded to the book, Educational requirements of the Homelands Centers of the L̲aynhapuy Region, North East Arnhem Land : report of the Balanga ̲na Project : a Schools Commission Project of national significance.
  • By 1988 Yothu Yindi had toured Australia and North America supporting Midnight Oil.
  • Mandawuy Yunupingu was the first Aboriginal to become a principal of a school in Australia, at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory in 1989.
  • He has worked hard to have Aboriginal individuals and different Australians cooperate and to be all the more amicable towards one another.
  • Mandawuy Yunupingu and the band built up the Yothu Yindi Foundation in 1990 and since 1999 promoted the annual Garma Festival.
  • In 1992, he was made Australian of the Year for his work in improving comprehension between Australians.
  • Mandawuy Yunupingu named as Australian of the Year in 1992 by the National Australia Day Council.
  • He had six daughters with his wife, Gatjilayngu.
  • In April 1998, Mandawuy Yunupingu was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Queensland University of Technology.
  • On 1 January 2001, Yunupingu awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through music.
  • With his band ‘Yothu Yindi’, is supporting Carlos Santana on his tour around Australia. [March 2003]
  • The band was drafted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Mandawuy Yunupingu passed on 2 June 2013, aged 56 after a long fight with kidney disease.
  • On September 17, 2020, Google celebrates Mandawuy Yunupingu’s 64th Birthday with Doodle.

Dan Zinman started his career as an astronomer and college professor and quickly expanded into popularizing the understanding of science and scientific discovery. He did this through writing books, essays, and articles. He is contributing by writing news articles for

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