Pronounced "yo-thoo yin-dee," this expression translates from Yolngu matha to English as "child and mother." Yothu Yindi is essentially a kinship term referring to the connection that the Yolngu (Australian Aboriginal) clans of the northeastern Arnhem Land have between themselves.

Yothu Yindi, an aboriginal, Australian rock group.

Yothu Yindi is also the name of Australia's most successful aboriginal music group. In the pieces below, you can hear some Yoan themes in their visionary music.


Dots on the Shell

Like the lines on your face,
The answer is here.
And the light's in your eyes
Don't hide it away.
Like the dots on the shell,
They shine.

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Djapana (Sunset Dreaming)

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Wo djäpana
Wo warwu
Wo rramani
Wo galanggarri


Djäpana wlutju
Dhurulama ngunhawarrtji djäpana
Warwu galanggarri
Rripa ngunhawarrtji djäpana
Warwu golungnha


Look at the sun
Falling from the sky
And the sunset
Takes my mind
Back to my homeland
Far away
It’s a story
Planted in my mind
It’s so clear
I remember
Oh my, oh my,
Sunset dreaming
Wo djäpana
Wo warwu
Wo rramani
Wo galanggarri

Hey, you people
Out there
How come
You ain’t fair
To the people
Of the land
Try my, try my,
Sunset dreaming

Wo djäpana
Wo warwu
Wo rramani
Wo galanggarri

Djäppana warwu
Djekulu dhurulangala
Wlutju warwu
Rripa ngunhawarrtj
i Dhurulama – dhurulama
Djäpana warwu golungnha
Wo djäpana
Wo warwu
Wo rramani
Wo galanggarri


Hey, you children
Of the land
Don’t be fooled
By the Balanda ways
It will cause
Sorrow and woe
For our people
And our land


Wo djäpana
Wo warwu
Wo rramani
Wo galanggarri
So live it up
Live it up
Live it up
Live it up
With sunset dreaming.





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