Frank Yamma

Alice Springs, Central Australia
About Frank

Frank Yamma is a traditional Pitjantjatjara man from Australia's central desert. Frank speaks five languages and sings in both English and Pitjantjatjara. He was born on March 17th.

Frank's father Isaac, who died aged 50 in 1990, was one of the first Aboriginal Australian's to be recorded singing contemporary songs in language. He founded Australia's first national indigenous radio network, broadcasting content to remote areas. A street is named after him in Canberra.


Album formats explained

Album 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.

Solid Eagle

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CD/side 1

  1. Solid eagle
  2. Putakaline
  3. Brown skin baby
  4. Walking in the rain
  5. From the inside

CD/side 2

  1. Always whisper
  2. Calling your name
  3. I know what's right
  4. Everybody's talking
  5. Sitting around drinking

This is Frank Yamma's first solo album of strong rock songs released as an audio cassette.

Playing With Fire

  1. Pitjala Wangkanyi
  2. I Know Whats Good
  3. Reality
  4. Kunga Kutju
  5. Sand Dune
  6. Coolibah
  7. Everybodys Talking
  8. Ngura Watjilpa
  9. Dream Lover
  10. One Lonely Night

This album is a collaboration of Frank Yamma and Piranpa, sung in Pitjantjatjara and English.

Keep Up The Pace

Frank Yamma - Keep Up The Pace
  1. Fighting
  2. Never quit
  3. Make more spear
  4. Pit rap
  5. Black man's crying
  6. Lost child
  7. Dreaming for you
  8. Keep up the pace
  9. Down the river
  10. Dreaming for you (WNSS remix)


2 November 2010
  1. She Cried
  2. Kunka Kutcha
  3. Docker River
  4. I Didn't Know Who You Were That Day
  5. Remember The Day
  6. Nguta Waljilpa
  7. Make More Spear
  8. Calling Your Name
  9. Down The River
  10. Inside
  11. Coolibah
  12. Pitjantjara

"This is the record that will make white Australia realise what Indigenous Australia already knows about Frank." —David Bridie, founder, Wantok Musik Label

Ngura Watjilpa (Single)

3 January 2011
  1. Nguta Waljilpa
  2. Mother, Father

Everybody's Talking (Single)

22 August 2014
  1. Everybody's Talking
  2. I'll Be Back Soon


10 October 2014
  1. A Black Man's Crying
  2. I'll Be Back Soon
  3. One Lonely Night
  4. Memories
  5. Everybody's Talking
  6. Wati Kutchu Yangupala
  7. Beginning of Today
  8. Todd Mall
  9. You and Me
  10. Sand Dune
  11. Pitjuli Wankanye
  12. Sunday Morning

Includes digital booklet.

Tjukurpa: The Story

7 February 2020

CD/side 1

  1. Beginning of the Day
  2. Nguta Waljilpa
  3. Dreaming for You
  4. Mother & Father
  5. She Cried
  6. I'll Be Back Soon
  7. Make More Spear
  8. Kungka Kutcha
  9. Coolibah
  10. A Blackman's Crying
  11. Everybody's Talking
  12. Pitjantjatjara

CD/side 2

  1. Kapi Pulka (Hiribae & Ukweli mix) [feat. Hiribae & Ukweli]
  2. Beginning of the day (Haus Bilas mix) [feat. David Bridie]
  3. Jay Creek (Tjila) (Tjaka mix) [feat. David Bridie]
  4. Tjintu Kutu (Jinku mix) [feat. Jinku]
  5. Kapi Pulka (Ernabella mix) [feat. David Bridie]
  6. Pitjuli Wankanye (James Henry remix) [feat. James Henry]
  7. Tjintu Kutu (KaltuKatjara mix) [feat. David Bridie]
  8. Tjukurpa Wiru (Corin Ileto mix) [feat. corin]
  9. Lonely Woman Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3 (ZEDSIX mix) [feat. Zedsix]
  10. Pitjuli Wankanye (Medium Guy remix) [feat. Phil Wales]
  11. Wiru (Beginning of the Day) [Desert Birds remix] [feat. HesiusDome]

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