Today's Birthdays

one click shows all of today's celebrity birthdays

Browse All Birthdays

43,625    Actors
27,931    Actresses
4,867    Composers
7,058    Directors
842    Footballers
221    Racing drivers
925    Singers
9,111    Writers

Get FamousLikeMe on your website
One line of code gets FamousLikeMe on your website. Find out more.

Subscribe to Daily updates

Add to Google

privacy policy

Famous Like Me > Composer > Y > Mandawuy Yunupingu

Profile of Mandawuy Yunupingu on Famous Like Me

Name: Mandawuy Yunupingu  
Also Know As:
Date of Birth: 17th September 1956
Place of Birth: Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
Profession: Composer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Mandawuy Yunupingu (b. Bakamana Yunupingu, September 17, 1956) is an Australian musician, educator, and community leader. A member of the Yolngu people of the Northern Territory's Arnhem Land, he is the lead singer and most prominent personality of the Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi, which he co-founded in 1986 (and with which he also plays guitar). He strives to achieve a better understanding of Aboriginal culture by balandas (non-Aboriginal people), and is one of the important advocates of reconciliation between white and Aboriginal Australia.

Yunupingu was the first Aboriginal person from Arnhem Land to gain a university degree, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Deakin University in 1988. In 1989 he became assistant principal of the Yirrkala Community School and in 1990 he took over as principal of that school, becoming the first Aboriginal principal in Australia; he held this position until late 1991, leaving to pursue his career with Yothu Yindi. On January 26, 1993, Yunupingu was named Australian of the Year for 1992 by the National Australia Day Council. In April 1998 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Queensland University of Technology "in recognition of his significant contribution to the education of Aboriginal children, and to greater understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians."

Preceded by:
Archbishop Peter Hollingworth
Australian of the Year
Succeeded by:
Ian Kiernan

This content from Wikipedia is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Mandawuy Yunupingu