Founding Yothu Yindi member Witiyana Marika will join remaining bandmates for a concert at the Sydney Opera House. Picture: SUPPLIED
Founding Yothu Yindi member Witiyana Marika will join remaining bandmates for a concert at the Sydney Opera House. Picture: SUPPLIED

Yothu Yindi set for remarkable comeback

ICONIC band Yothu Yindi is set to make a remarkable comeback later this month, continuing their legacy following the passing of two original members.

It has been 25 years since Yothu Yindi's massive hit Treaty was released and five years since they appeared together onstage.

Original members of the group Witiyana Marika, Stuart Kellaway and Kevin Marlangay are reuniting for a short southern tour kicking off on November 18, and also for a special performance at the Sydney Opera House on November 26.

It is the first time the group has performed since the passing of Dr G Yunupingu in July this year, as well as lead singer M Yunupingu - who died at his home in Yirrkala in 2013.

Mr Marika said that although it would be hard to take the stage while feeling the loss of two of their original members, there would also be a lot of joy.

"It will be kind of sad but also very happy," he said. "To be keeping up that legacy of the band." Mr Miraka said that it was this legacy that had kept the group going over the years.

"It is something special passing on that message to our government and this nation," he said. "It is special to be heard."

These first performances could be the start of something bigger, with Mr Marika hinting that there may be a lot more in store in the new year.

Following the performance at the Sydney Opera House's Homeground festival, Yothu Yindi will be uniting with The Herd and Arnhem Land rapper Baker Boy at the Enmore Theatre in January 2018.



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