Ngabaju (Grandmothers Song)

by Kardajala Kirridarra

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A song about the importance of Grandmother’s and how they carry so much knowledge of life and of being a woman.

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Ngabaju Lyrics

Verse 1:
Barna nguran Kain
Nganya ngabayu ngurra
Kudij Kaini
Ban ngarra ngarna
Nyuninya ngurra
Barra kurra

Barna lward kaini
Ngaunya ngabaju nginyi
Ngurra barrakurru
Barna lward kaini
Nyuninya ngurra
Barra kurru

You taught me so much about everything I know
but looking at this country without you to show
me all the meanings all the places I should go
it breaks my sore heart that I don’t know the flow
know that I’m older I see what you mean to me
I see the kind of woman that I’m meant to be
I want you to know I gave my daughter your name
Didn’t know it was possible to feel this much pain

Chorus:
Abala ban nyundu
Ngardangarna ngayinya
Ngurru
Kurdij Kayini x 2

Marndiyala
Marndiyala
Marndiyala ngurra
Marndiyala ngurra

Verse 2:
Abala ban ngayu
Liward Kaini
Nyuninya banku ngurra
Muju muju barna kaini
Abala ban
Ngarrangarna nganyu

Kurdij Kayini
Nginya-ka
Ngurra barra kurru
Nginya-ka Ngurra
Kudij kanini
Barra kurru

Chorus:
Abala ban nyundu
Ngardangarna ngayinya
Ngurru
Kurdij Kayini x 2

Marndiyala
Marndiyala
Marndiyala ngurra
Marndiyala ngurra

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released May 19, 2017
Written, produced and performed by Kardajala Kirridarra.
Co-produced, mixed and mastered by Marc Peckham.

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Kardajala Kirridarra Elliott, Australia

Kardajala Kirridarra translates to ‘Sandhill Women’ and refers to a mysterious bush woman from the sandhills behind the community of Marlinja, NT. The descendants of this bush woman, these compelling women are from the communities of Marlinja and Kulumindini (Elliott) and together with Melbourne producer Beatrice they form Kardajala Kirridarra. ... more

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