Kardajala Kirridarra make magic once again with ‘Ngurra (Rain Song)’
KARDAJALA KIRRIDARRA – meaning Sandhill Women – are one of those rare acts that come along once in a generation. Their music is fashioned with spirit, history and complete magic. Listening to their music feels like something you should be doing on your lonesome and deserves undivided focus. Music so moving and so unique, sounding of the future yet of millennia ago, requires nothing less than your complete devotion. Their latest offering, ‘Ngurra (Rain Song)’, is no different.
Sung in Mudburra, a seldom heard Indigenous language, ‘Ngurra (Rain Song)’ feels almost sacred upon the opening seconds. As elements of pop, electronica and traditional instrumentation melt together with hints of blue and grey, the vocal prowess of the NT-based four-piece is a vivid ray of sunlight beaming through the clouds. The song is written about the group’s connection they feel to their country via the rain. The underlying synth-crafted ambience that floods the song’s framework is both haunting and cleansing. The chorus – which translated reads “Look at that cloud over there, it’s coming with lots of water” – is sung with a hope and an optimism that just cannot be recreated with other acts.
Kardajala Kirridarra have fastened a lane that’s all their own, and may just be the most important Australian act working at the moment. Giving a voice to Indigenous women, a group so often underrepresented, Kardajala Kirridarra are solemn, inspiring and are making sure their beautiful, angelic voices are heard. Please don’t sleep on these women – they’re more awake than any of us.
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD