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The Loss of a Singer/Guitarist Whose Fans Included Elton

Written by Chief Editor.

Australia's most prominent Indigenous music artist, who opened for Elton in Darwin in 2008, has died.

Dr G Yunupingu had been ill for quite some time. He was only 46 years old. 

 

Born blind, the reluctant star never gave any interviews, but his music drew worldwide acclaim, despite the fact that he performed in his Gumatj dialect which is understood by only around 3,000 people.

 

Australians, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, took to social media to pay tribute. Turnbull called him ''remarkable'' while Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett tweeted that his colleague was a ''truly great musician.''

Sting, Björk, and Quincy Jones were other admirers.

His full name is being withheld for cultural reasons, at the request of his family.