Kutcha Edwards releases his new album for NAIDOC WEEK
[by Ali Webb]
Legendary singer songwriter and Mutti Mutti man Kutcha Edwards has released Singing Up Country, off his forthcoming album Circling Time which will be out on 9 July 2021 through Wantok Musik.
Singing Up Country is a song resonating with proud, ancestral spirit. An uplifting, powerful ballad, it highlights Kutcha’s connection to family, his ancestors and the land. Featuring the vocals of Wayne Thorpe who, in language, sings Boondjil Noorrook, the Gunnai song of warning of the first sighting of Cook’s boats sailing up the southern coast. This celebratory new single is joined on the new album by a heart-rending tribute to Kutcha’s mother in Mrs Edwards and the anthemic We Sing featuring a chorus of known and emerging vocalists from across the globe.
Circling Time, Kutcha’s fifth solo album, is filled with stories and reflections on the singer’s past and inspirations for the present. A survivor of the Stolen Generations, Kutcha has throughout his life and career connected people with a determination to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Circling Time is profound and a timely reminder of the incredible depth and talent of one of the most inspiring voices within the country.
‘’In telling my story, I believe I’m telling my family’s story. Within the structure of family there are members whose role it is to protect country. For others it’s to protect the memories such as photos. I believe I have been given the responsibility to protect my family’s Songline,’’ explains Kutcha.
‘’Justice, heritage, forgiveness – all are words that resonate with me deeply. It’s my role to give songs meaning so that they can continue to connect my family and all my clans to country.
‘’This album is filled with spirit. It’s this spirit that I need to share and pass on so we can begin to heal and understand what our ancestors have passed on to us… the true meaning of ‘Circling Time’,’’ said Kutcha.
Kutcha’s songs on Circling Time are reflections on some of the highs, lows and formative chapters of this iconic singer songwriter’s life journey, starting from his birthplace in Balranald on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. The album also showcases Kutcha’s incredible vocal range and his evolution as a singer songwriter and Aboriginal Songman. Produced and engineered by Andy Stewart at Mill Studio, the album was predominantly recorded during the 2020 lockdown.
Circling Time is insightful, reflective and deeply moving. Kutcha’s music creates physical and spiritual rhythms that transcend and connects all of us to the universal themes of love, family and country.
Singing Up Country is out on Friday 18 June through Wantok Musik. Circling Time will be released on Friday 9 July 2021 during NAIDOC Week.
To pre-order visit https://www.wantokmusik.org
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