Aussie singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of only a handful of performers chosen to take the stage for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, telecast last night on Channel 9.
He performed as part of Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band's single 'Sing', the EP of which has topped this week's UK albums chart.
Back in Australia, in the meantime, the singer's new single has this week been officially serviced to media. It's a new version of the track 'Bayini', which featured on Gurrumul's 2011 album 'Rrakala'. This time around, he's teaming up with Sarah Blasko, with producer Michael Hohnen explaining how it all came about.
"This for me, is the key song on 'Rrakala'," he said in a statement. "The English verse wasn't working in Gurrumul's voice so we left it as all language on his album. After the album's release we were heading to the UK and Gurrumul and I wanted a counter-balance for the English verse and approached Sarah Blasko, a fellow labelmate on (UK independent label) Dramatico. Sarah and I spoke about her voice embodying that female ancestral spirit character and I think she has captured it absolutely beautifully in even a more classical side to her voice, perfectly complementing Gurrumul. Gurrumul loves performing this live with Sarah which has now happened across a few continents."
The new version is available digitally now.