Musicians

Frank Yamma

Origin
Alice Springs, Central Australia
Genre/styles
Roots
About

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.

Discography

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.

Solid Eagle

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Released
1997
Tracks

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
Notes

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


Playing With Fire

Released
1999
Tracks
  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
Notes

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
Released
2006
Tracks
  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)

Countryman

Released
2 November 2010
Tracks
  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
Notes

"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)

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

Everybody's Talking (Single)

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

Uncle

Released
10 October 2014
Tracks
  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
Notes

Includes digital booklet.


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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2019, Frank Yamma, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/music/frank-yamma>, retrieved 19 June 2019

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