The uplifting Anpuru Maau Kutjpa is the first single to be shared from Baz Luhrmann’s Faraway Downs, the extended director’s cut of his film Australia, told in six chapters.
The track is a tribute to the Mimili community and symbolic of transition and change. Faraway Downs will be premiering on Disney+ on Sunday, November 26.
Speaking on the track, Zaachariaha from Electric Fields says: “These Inmas are the catalogue of this country, these songs and the Yankunytjatjara language has life before and will live on, we have something that is sacred and unbreakable, it belongs to the babies, the generations to come. Anpuru Maau Kutjpa is the appreciation of the witchetty grub and its companionship with the Mimili community – it is symbolic of transition and movement because the witchetty grub turns/transforms into a moth.”
On being involved with the project, Zaachariaha muses: “I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to work with Baz and to be part of the soundtrack. It’s beautiful that these Inmas will find an international platform.”
Reflecting on the music from Faraway Downs, Baz says “One of the most exciting parts of revisiting Australia through an episodic lens was to re-examine the music and open the door for a new wave of First Nations artists to contribute to the storytelling through music.”
Anpuru Maau Kutjpa is lifted from the upcoming Faraway Downs (The Original Soundtrack) released via Sony Music Entertainment Australia on Friday, November 24.