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Music in Australia

Australia music has always been having trouble achieving an identity of its own. As a nation made up of six states that were formerly British colonies, it is difficult for the Australians to break away from the association, if not the stigma, from the colonizers.

People outside Australia always have this predisposition that Australian creations, may it be songs, movies, or even fashion, are but just concurrence with the trends from the United Kingdom and the United States.

Some even go far as to say that it’s just an imitation from the U.S. and the U.K.

This may be true on some levels, but in fairness to Australian musicians, Australia music also has its share of originals that it can claim as only its own.


However, only a handful of people outside its borders are aware of the original Australian music—both the Aboriginal and the contemporary music that new Australian musicians were able to successfully break away from the U.K. association.



The Australian Aborigines and the Islanders of Torres Strait together make up what is distinctly Indigenous Australian Music.
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This type of music is set apart and made distinct with the use of the Didgeridoo—one of the oldest musical instrument in the world.


The Didgeridoo is a tubular wind type of musical instrument, made of eucalyptus wood and best played with what they call the circular breathing technique.


It is said to have been in use, most especially in the Kakadu Region of Australia, as early as 15,000 years ago. It is still being used today and considered to be Australia’s national instrument.


Ancient forms of Australian music include the following: the death wail—consists of songs for mourning over the dead; the bunggul—songs about adventures of epic proportions; the Kun-borrk—


a didgeridoo music with vocals and percussions; and the Wangga—song characterized with a high-pitched introduction and rhythmic percussion, which is continued in a low tone.

Australian musicians today were also able to create modern indigenous music, fusing aboriginal instruments and beats with modern lyrics.

And they were able to cover all music genres such as country, rock, reggae and even hip hop.


However, it is not without difficulty that these modern indigenous musicians were able to break through the mainstream.

The first and one of the few who made it to the mainstream was Jimmy Little, with his carrier single “The Royal Telephone”.

The song graced the music charts and enjoyed considerable radio air time during the mid 1960’s. In 2005, the University of Sydney awarded Jimmy Little a music honorary doctorate in recognition of his valuable contribution to Australian music.

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Some Australian musicians also made it to the international arena and have earned quite some popularity even in the United Kingdom and the United States. The most familiar includes, INXS, Kylie Minogue, AC/DC, Silverchair and Savage Garden.



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