Aboriginal musician Andrew Gurruwiwi usually performs for a few hundred people in Australia’s remote far north. But during the virus shutdown his audience has swelled to nearly 120,000 around the world.
Gurruwiwi’s eponymous band is the breakout success of a series of concerts being broadcast online while the coronavirus pandemic has seen Australia’s indigenous communities tightly sealed off from the rest of the country over health concerns.
“East Arnhem Live” featured Gurruwiwi performing a 20-minute set against a backdrop of exposed red-and-white bluffs and the setting sun.
“All this coronavirus that’s been happening here (means) no shows, no music, no anything,” the artist told AFP, adding the shows were launched to “make people happy”.
Musicians around the world have migrated online after COVID-19 forced venues to close.
But organisers in Arnhem Land say the response to virtual performances from the isolated corner of Australia’s Northern Territory has far surpassed expectations,