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Crossroads not only examines the collaboration of cultures coming together but, also the synthesis of traditional and contemporary sounds.
Brisbane-based Tjupurru is a proud descendant of the Djabera Djabera tribe of the West Australian Kimberleys. Born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and settling in Cairns, Tjupurru began playing Didjeridu through a vacuum cleaner pipe in boarding school. His real love affair with the instrument came when he discovered the music of iconic Australian act Gondwanaland, and didj player Charlie McMahon in particular.
August 19, 2012Music
Tjupurru mixes millennia of cultures, technologies and sounds to serve up and dish out his 21st century Didjetronica.
Tjupurru plays a unique slide Didjeridu invented by Charlie McMahon, named "The Didjeribone" – a cross between a didj and a trombone – because it can slide through different notes and tones. With the addition of sampling and electronic effects, Tjupurru performs as a one man band creating and looping live samples to craft songs and soundscapes that criss-cross musical genres.