Emily Wurramara

Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory
Folk | Pop | Roots

Emily Wurramara has been writing songs since she was 6. She sings original music both in English and Anindilyakwa, her original language. She has performed at Gaarma Festival, Island Vibes, Woodford Folk Festival, Clancestry and numerous other events; performing alongside respected artists like Shellie Morris, Troy Cassar Daley and Impossible Odds.

That talent was recognized when she was selected to write with Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning as part of a special collaboration through the 2014 Clancestry Event. It was this collaboration that led to her first single, ‘Ngerraberrakernama’.

Band members: Emily Wurramara (keys, guitar, ukulele, lead vocals), Saraima Navara Didge (guitar and hand percussion, vocals) and Yarum Sandy (hand percussion).



Album formats explained Explain formats

  • 10": 10 inch vinyl records were played at 45 or 33 1/3 rounds per minute (rpm). The former could hold 9, the latter 12 minutes of music per side.
  • 7": 7 inch records (often referred to as 45s) were played at 45 rpm or 33 1/3 rpm, with about 4:30 or 6 minutes of music per side.
  • LP: Long play, is a vinyl record played at ​33 1⁄3 rpm with a 12 or 10-inch diameter.
  • EP: Extended play, are vinyl records that allowed two or even three songs on each side.

Ngerraberrakernama (Wake Up) (7")

18 March 2016
  1. Ngerraberrakernama (Wake Up)

Black Smoke (EP)

17 June 2016
  1. Black Smoke
  2. Ementha-Papaguneray (Turtle Song)
  3. Ngerraberrakernama (Wake Up)
  4. Ngayuwa Nalyelyingminama (I Love You)
  5. Stomping Ground
  6. Blue Moon, Black Sea

Ngarrukwujenama (Single)

22 January 2018
  1. Ngarrukwujenama

Emily says about this song: "Ngarrukwujenama means 'I’m hurting' in my traditional language, it is an anthem for the sea and land protectors. I sing about how our earth is bleeding and how she is our home, that what we do to her - we are also doing to ourselves. The sea is sacred to my people because that’s where our sacred dreaming resides." (source)


1 June 2018
  1. Lady Blue
  2. Milyakburra
  3. Ngarrikwujeyinama
  4. Carry Me Home
  5. Black Smoke
  6. Lullaby
  7. Hey Love
  8. Tap Sticks
  9. Yimenda-Papaguneray (Turtle Song)
  10. Blue Moon, Black Sea
  11. Black Boy

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Korff, J 2018, Emily Wurramara, <>, retrieved 5 July 2020

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