Skinnyfish Music, the label that released Gurrumul Yunupingu acclaimed body of musical work has released the following statement to media, regarding the use of the late singer’s name. We have reproduced it below, in full.
The final funeral ceremony for Gurrumul Yunupingu occurred on Friday 24th November at Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island.
The passing of any Yolngu person is usually accompanied by strict traditional protocols which preclude the use of the deceased’s name. The immediate family of Gurrumul have been clear throughout the grieving process that the contribution he made and continues to make to Australian and Yolngu cultural life should not be forgotten.
The family have given permission that following the final funeral ceremony, his name and image may once again be used publicly to ensure that his legacy will continue to inspire both his people and Australians more broadly.
The family thank the media and the Australian public for their support and respect throughout this period.