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‘Mongungi’ is a Gubbi Gubbi (Aboriginal Australian Language) word meaning ‘On the Water’. Recorded and mixed in New York (USA), the song refers to the beautiful Black Swan (Maroochy) dancing on the water – a tribute to Maroochy Barambah’s image, and incorporates two lines of a traditional Gubbi Gubbi song ‘Gurri Nina Nami’ – a song about a journey. The ‘Mongungi’ video clip was shot on Gubbi Gubbi land and features a large number of Gubbi Gubbi and Wakka Wakka dancers/children from the Cherbourg Aboriginal Community in Queensland.

The video clip owes much of its artistic innovation and brilliance to the Brisbane -based diva. Embedded in the video clip is the remarkable story about the ‘Legend of Maroochy’ – a tragic love story between Maroochy and Coolum. This Gubbi Gubbi legend still graces the Sunshine Coast of Queensland on the Maroochy River.

At Daki Budtcha Records we believe this is one of many reasons why ‘Mongungi’ is not just a video clip but an event. In many respects, ‘Mongungi’ is a pioneering and ground-breaking musical expression described by Maroochy Barambah as “Modern Tribalism”.

In an era when the music industry is seen by many to be full of cliché, ‘Mongungi’ represents a breath of fresh air and a new musical expression in contemporary Aboriginal Australia. It is a unique project that not only combines traditional Aboriginal lyrics and melody, the didgeridoo together with African rhythms, but also a timeless record of events with substantial meaning.