Sting sings with Aboriginal star Gurrumul

13th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

The highly-acclaimed Indigenous Australian is rounding off his maiden European tour in Ireland, having visited Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.

Paris -- Sting and indigenous Australian singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu got together in Paris this week to sing "Every Breath You Take" for French television.

"There's always something to learn from other musicians," Sting told AFP in an interview. "There's always an exchange ... They will surprise you with what they can do or what they can add to your own music. Or you can teach them".

Gurrumul, the 39-year-old award-winning Aboriginal singer praised for his "voice of an angel", won a standing ovation at a Paris concert Wednesday night, penultimate stop on a maiden European tour taking in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, and with Ireland still to go.

In Britain, The Times said the blind singer's voice was "as sumptuously soothing as a log fire on a freezing night".

Former Midnight Oil frontman and current Environment Minister Peter Garrett has said the Arnhem Land musician, whose lyrics are mostly delivered in his people's language, "sings so deeply and sweetly about his connection to family and country, the effect is transcendental."

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu singing 'Wiyathul' live

Sting was in Paris for the promotion of his new album, If On A Winter's Night, celebrating the winter season through traditional music and instruments, as well as his own songs.

The Sting-Gurrumul number will be broadcast on 16 December on the France 4 network, and will also feature Gurrumul singing Wiyathul from his first self-titled solo album, which has sold more than 100,000 copies in Australia.

AFP / Expatica

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