MT-Yidaki Shop

Yiḏaki and mago are the original didgeridoo’s played by aboriginal people in the northern part of the Northern Territory, mainly in Arnhemland. These very diverse groups of people have these instruments in their culture since many generations.

Michiel's aim is to bring you high quality yiḏaki and mago of the highest cultural integrity. All the instruments are hand selected and made by traditional people on traditional land.

Since 2009 Michiel decided to re-invest 1/3 of his annual proceedings as a didgeridoo player/teacher back in to Arnhemland culture. Which led to a shop full of instruments selected for their playability.

If you are looking for something particular feel free to drop a line and he will do his best to source it for you!

MT-Yidaki Shop

Portkeats marrluk 90’s

Port Keats Marluk
550

  • Key : D# -G#
  • Size: 118cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5cm

A traditional instrument from North West Australia, probably Port Keats area (Wadeye). Collected in the 90’s. An easy player with a sweet and clear sound. The trumpet is easy to reach and is warm and round. You don’t find instruments like this very often.

 

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr
€Sold

  • Key : D# – F#
  • Size: 144cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,5cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

A modest but exciting yiḏaki by Ŋonŋu Ganambarr.
A very nice traditional sound. Dry, short and tight.
Very suitable to practise the old traditional style with it’s lock’s, trock’s and tirrk’s.
But it does not mind playing fast and contemporary at the same time.
Very nice, ochre, Daṯiwuy clan minytji!
100% trad stick.

 

D#tj#rr# Wunuŋmurra

Datjirri Wunuŋmurra
780

  • Key : D# – G
  • Size: 136cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 7,5cm

A bit rough in appereance but a real great yiḏaki! Straight forward and no mocking arround with this one. Great backpressure and a nice balance in sound. Easy to hit first trumpet with a rounded sound.To me this is a real ‘bush yiḏaki’ by master crafter D#tj#rr# #1 Wunungmurra! Dhapirrk yiḏaki!!!

 

Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki

Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : C# – D#
  • Size: 177,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8cm

When cut and made in 2009 Djalu told me that the sound of this particular instrument represents the thunder or Baywarra. He also told me that this instrument should be referred to as a Djuŋgirriny’ .
Djuŋgirriny’  is one of the yiḏaki of which Djalu is the custodian. The story of this instrument took place on a Galpu beach and the painting, by Djalu, on this yidaki represents the different waters that occur in that area. It is generally accepted that the Galpu own the creation story for the Dhuwa yiḏaki, Djuŋgirriny’. This is also the type of instrument that Djalu can play with healing intend.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Bark painting

Bark painting

€ 800

More info wil follow….

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
€980

  • Key : D – E
  • Size: 157cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,8cm
  • Bell: 9,5cm

 

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

Paddy Fordham Wanyburrwanga

Paddy Fordham
POA

  • Key : E – G#
  • Size: 118cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5cm

Paddy Fordham was an highly acclaimed Rembarrnga artist. You can find his paintings and sculptures in galleries and musea all over the world. Didgeridoos by this great man are extremely rare. The painting is in acrylics and the instrument is sealed on the outside with wood glue. It plays really sweet for an mago of this size. A nice, full bodied drone with clear horn note. To get an idea in what style this instrument is played traditionally you should check “Arnhemland Popular Classics”. A field recording from the 60’s with Paddy Fordham Wanyburrwanga on didgeridoo. This instrument is acquired in Alice Springs 2002.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Marikuku Wirrpanda

Marikuku Wirrpanda
580

  • Key : C# – F
  • Size: 151cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5,5cm

Not a yiḏaki with an dramatic shape, but more powerfull than it looks!
Nice and clear acoustics and and easy trumpet note.
People that like to play the contemporary, meditative style of playing will like this stick with it’s rich overtones. But people that like the more upbeat style like I do, will not be dissapointed!
Just watch the video.
 

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra
€SOLD

  • Key : E – G
  • Size: 142cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,8cm
  • Bell: 7cm

A nice yiḏaki by Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra. A true collectors piece both for the playing charasteristis aswell as the bueatifull, and very fine, painting by his wife Djul’djul’ Gurruwiwi. They have been a team for many years and keep producing amazing yiḏaki.I would describe this instrument as a trad. instrument with a capital T!

 

Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki

Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : D# – D#
  • Size: 161cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 11cm

A big and thunderous D# yiḏaki by Djalu Gurruwiwi. It has been painted in ochre’s with designs that represent Bawaŋ, a seasonal potato that grows wild in Arnhemland. Bawaŋ is an important food source and also represents a source of power, as it is the food eaten by Bolŋu, a powerful creation ancestor for the Dhuwa moiety.

Gangan Baraltja

Bark painting

€ 1450

A very nice barkpainting about Munḏukul, the yirritja lightningsnake.
106×32

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
€1080

  • Key : C# – D#
  • Size: 161cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,6cm
  • Bell: 8,5cm

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

Napurrawuy Wunuŋmurra

Napurrawuy Wunuŋmurra
780

  • Key : E – G
  • Size: 133cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,8cm
  • Bell: 6cm

Napurrawuy doesn’t make that many instruments. And when he worked thisone he only used a saw and a machete. Result: a rustic instrument without chiselling, straight from the bush. To top that of, the instrument is painted with traditional ochre’s. The painting depicts a Dhalwaŋu story about fresh water in the river mouth. The instrument plays subtle and requires precision. But once you have control over this instrument it can handle everything. Great sound and easy toot!

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

 

Gapanbulu Yunupiŋu

Gapanbulu Yunupiŋu
980

  • Key : E – F#
  • Size: 152cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,6cm
  • Bell: 11cm

Pffff… What a stick!
A very nice shape that results in a very powerfull yiḏaki!
Gapanbulu was living in Broome for a while after he played with Yothu Yindi. But he’s back! And making super sweet yiḏaki like this one.
You will need a bit of power to get this one started but when you find the right pressure you will be able to go loud and fast! Very nice frequencies and a strong toot.

 

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr
680

  • Key : D# – G
  • Size: 134cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,2cm
  • Bell: 7,7cm

A powerfull and very direct instrument by Ŋoŋu Ganambarr.Painted with Bonba, the butterfly that follows the path of Mokuy. Ŋoŋu is famous for his consant quality of yiḏaki. And this is no exception! Strong acoustics and an easy to hit first toot.

 

Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki

Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : E – D#
  • Size: 182cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 9cm

Djalu made this yiḏaki for me in 2003 when I attended the Garma festival. It is a very warm and stable instrument with the trumpet note below the fundamental drone, which makes it really easy to play. It is made, like most yiḏaki, from gadayka (Stringybark eucalyptus). It is painted by Djalu’s wife, Dhopiya Yunupiŋu. The two of them have been working alongside each other for many years and are on the roots of popularizing the yiḏaki. Djalu was the main yiḏaki crafter for Yothu Yindi who, with their #1 MTV hit Treaty did tremendous work in spreading the instrument around the globe.

Waŋurri manikay

waŋurri

€ 20

Manikay from the Waŋurri clan 92 Tracks
€ 20,- ex shipping

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
€980

  • Key : D# – F
  • Size: 149cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8cm

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

90’s yiḏaki

Unknown
450

  • Key : D – G#
  • Size: 120,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5cm

An instrument from the Dhonydji (Ritharŋu) area. (South-west Miwatj, arround Goyder river). You don’t find instruments from this region very often. It has been collected in the 90’s. A nice instrument with a fullbodied sound and an easy, first toot. Despite comming from the Yolŋu cultural blok, this instruments plays more like a mago. Cross over instruments like this are pretty rare… A fine instrument for the beginner/collector

Dorothy Munuŋgurr

Dorothy Munuŋgurr
780

  • Key : C – E
  • Size: 156cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

A great yiḏaki for those who love slow, deep and powerful instruments!
Not the fastest yiḏaki but one that is more suitable for ‘old school’ style.
A nice and thundering sound with a good growl to it!
Rich in overtones and, of course an easy and round toot.
And on top of that a very sweet painting.
Little black beeswax repair.
You should come over and try this one!

 

Djul’djul’ Gurruwiwi

Djul'djul' Gurruwiwi
sold

  • Key : F – G
  • Size: 133cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5,5cm

Description will follow a.s.a.p.

Used Gurruwiwi yiḏaki 2009

Used Gurruwiwi yiḏaki 2009
€NFS

  • Key : E – G
  • Size: 146cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 9cm

A great yiḏaki by an unknown Galpu maker. I got presented this instrument after Djalu’s master class at Gikal outstation in 2009. It is very versatile and can handle any style of playing. So I decided that it would be my main ‘teaching-yiḏaki’. The duct tape is applied to repair some small cracks. This is very common practice in Arnhemland.

Dhalwaŋu manikay

Dhalwaŋu

€ 20

Manikay from the Dhalwaŋu clan.
€ 20,- ex shipping

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
€SOLD

  • Key : E – E
  • Size: 162cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,1cm
  • Bell: 9,5cm

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

90’s yiḏaki

Unknown
450

  • Key : E – A
  • Size: 112cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 4,5cm

An instrument from the Dhonydji (Ritharŋu) area. (South-west Miwatj, arround Goyder river). You don’t find instruments from this region very often. It has been collected in the 90’s. Although the toot is a bit high from the drone you wil be able to play it faster and faster after a bit of practise. And you will find that there is a nice melody between drone and trumpet. Despite comming from the Yolŋu cultural blok, this instruments plays more like a mago. Cross over instruments like this are pretty rare…

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

 

Larrtjaŋa Gurruwiwi

Larrtjaŋa Gurruwiwi
€SOLD

  • Key : E – F
  • Size: 144,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8cm

Description will follow a.s.a.p.

 

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra
480

  • Key : D – F#
  • Size: 140cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 7cm

A nice and rustic yiḏaki for a manymak price! Good playing charasteristics and a nice interval between drone and first trumpet. Good for both contemporary and traditional playing and a great instrument for a starter.

 

Epic F didgeridoo / yiḏaki

Epic F didgeridoo / yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : F – F
  • Size: 151cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 11cm

Not a yiḏaki but worth listing on this part of the website since it has been used and praised for its playing characteristics by Djalu Gurruwiwi and M*lk*yŋ* Munuŋgurr amongst others. It is generally accepted that the difference between a didgeridoo and a yiḏaki is determent by its origin. It does not say anything about quality. Didgeridoo is the term for any ‘didgeridoo-like’ instrument where yiḏaki should only be used for an instrument that is been cut by Yolŋu, on Yolŋu land.

I bought this stick in 1998 and it has been my main stick ever since. I took it with me to Togo (Africa), Russia and almost all of Europe. When I took it with me to North East Arnhemland, both Djalu and M*lk*yŋ* used it during the intense Buŋgul sessions at night. Djalu even borrowed it for 2 weeks after the Garma and was reluctant to give it back. It has also been played on stage by contemporary didgeridoo players like Mark Atkins, Si Mullumby and Markus Meurer. Millions of people saw and heard the sound of this instrument since it has been on television in the Netherlands, Australia and Togo.

Balanda yiḏaki dhukarr – tuition cd

Balanda yiḏaki dhukarr

€ 20

I highly recommend this tuition CD by Jeremy Cloake.
The perfect CD to get some trad. flavour!
50 tracks
Playing time 61:44
€ 20,- ex shipping

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu GurruwiwiSold

  • Key :E – E
  • Size: 158cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,4cm
  • Bell: 10cm

ON OFFER! (Sorry, the 10% discount does not apply on this yiḏaki…)

A great and solid yiḏaki by the master, Djalu Gurruwiwi.
Big, heavy and thunderous.
It was sold before but it came back because the customer could not handle the oval shaped mouthpiece. The size of the mouthpiece is 3 x 3.4 cm.
It was played only a couple of times, before he decided that it was not his mouthpiece.
According to the customer he totaly loved the sound and transition of the toot and everything but he was affraid that he could not get used to the bigger size mouthpiece…

The original price was €1080,- But I am dropping it to € 880,-!!!

90’s yiḏaki

Unknown
420

  • Key : C# – G
  • Size: 132cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 5,5cm

An instrument from the Dhonydji (Ritharŋu) area. (South-west Miwatj, arround Goyder river). You don’t find instruments from this region very often. It has been collected in the 90’s. A beautiful drone with lots of overtones. Despite comming from the Yolngu cultural blok, this instruments plays more like a mago. Cross over instruments like this are pretty rare… For the toot you will have to practice a bit, but when you can hit it you will be able to execute it even in the more faster rithms.

 

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
€Sold

  • Key : C# – E
  • Size: 167cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 9cm

Description will follow a.s.a.p.

 

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
480

  • Key : D# – F#
  • Size: 141cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 5,5cm

Quite simple in construction and not really impressive by the looks. But wait till you play it!Pretty powerfull for such modest and skinny instrument. Lightweight and still a full sound. Nice frenquencies en and easy and round first trumpet. Great beginners instrument for a great price!

 

Used Ḻambiḻpiḻ

Used Ḻambiḻpiḻ
€NFS

  • Key : B – C
  • Size: 102cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,8cm
  • Bell: 7,5cm

Not a yiḏaki but a Ḻambiḻpiḻ. This is the instrument used in Numbulwar by the Nunggubuyu. These people have close ties to Groote Eylandt and North East Arnhemland. It is very high pitch and therefore hard to play. This particular instrument is used by the Red Flag Dancers, a group that is famed for its music and dance, and has toured the world. Personally I totally love the Nundhirribala recordings by The Yothu Yindi Foundation.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Daṯiwuy Ŋaymil manikay

Daṯiwuy

€ 20

Manikay from the Daṯiwuy Ŋaymil Clan
40 Tracks
€ 20,- ex shipping

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
€Sold

  • Key : F – F
  • Size: 147cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,6cm
  • Bell: 7cm

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra
980

  • Key : D# -F#
  • Size: 138cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

A really nice instrument by Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra. This instrument is rich in all frequencies and nicely balanced. A perfect round, fast and delicate first trumpet. Very nice backpressure! Painted by Djul’djul’ Gurruwiwi with traditional ochre’s.

 

Larrtjaŋa Gurruwiwi

Larrtjaŋa Gurruwiwi
€1080

  • Key : F – F
  • Size: 140cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,8cm
  • Bell: 7cm

Wow! This is what I like! F-F, fast and stable. Winiwini is, like his father, a constant crafter that makes truly great instruments. This yiḏaki won’t dissapoint you.

 

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra
SOLD

  • Key : F – G
  • Size: 130cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5,5cm

A very classical and rough sounding yiḏaki for the real trad. head!
And… It’s decorated in ochers with 3 yiḏaki!!!
A classic Burrŋupurrŋu yiḏaki.

Larrtjaŋa Gurruwiwi yiḏaki

Larrtjaŋa Gurruwiwi yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : G – G
  • Size: 132cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 10cm

An instrument by Larrtjaŋa Gurruwiwi, son of Djalu. A very stable and warm yiḏaki. Especially for the key it is in. The Galpu people don’t only have the really big and thunderous yiḏaki but also play more high pitched instruments like this one. And this applies to most other clans. It is depending of its use and of the preference by the songman which key (yiḏaki) would be used. It can depend on clan, context and many others reasons. It is not a rule like this clan plays a big one and that clan small ones. It is also not rule that Yirritja means small yiḏaki and Dhuwa means big yiḏaki. All things are part of a greater system and things are intertwine with each other. As a non Yolŋu person it takes many years to understand this and I have to be honest to say that I am nowhere near understanding.

Djapu manikay

Djapu

€ 20

Manikay from the Djapu clan.
15 tracks
€ 20,- ex shipping

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
€Sold

  • Key : F# – F
  • Size: 158cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,2cm
  • Bell: 10,5cm

 

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

Munumiya Marawili

Munumiya Marawili
580

  • Key : E – E
  • Size: 154cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

Description will follow asap

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra
580

  • Key : D# – G
  • Size: 136,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8cm

An easy player for an easy price! The sound of this yiḏaki is warm and has a nice ammount of bass to it. Still it is really well balanced. Of course the toot is easy. To sum it up: a great instrument for both traditional and contemporary style of playing.

 

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
780

  • Key : D – F#
  • Size: 146,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

A great yiḏaki by Dhapa Ganambarr. Nice and round acoustics and a very smooth and easy to hit first trumpet. Equally strong in al frequencies and pretty fast .

 

Paddy Fordham Wanyburrwanga mago

Paddy Fordham Wanyburrwanga mago
€NFS

  • Key : E
  • Size: 118cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5cm

Paddy Fordham was an highly acclaimed Rembarrnga artist. You can find his paintings and sculptures in galleries and musea all over the world. Didgeridoos by this great man are extremely rare. The painting is in acrylics and the instrument is sealed on the outside with wood glue. It plays really sweet for an mago of this size. A nice, full bodied drone with clear horn note. To get an idea in what style this instrument is played traditionally you should check “Arnhemland Popular Classics”. A field recording from the 60’s with Paddy Fordham Wanyburrwanga on didgeridoo. This instrument is acquired in Alice Springs 2002.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Yirrkala recordings 1952

Yirrkala recordings 1952

€ 20

Manikay from 1952.
Doubble CD with 81 tracks total.
Currently out of stock

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
Sold

  • Key : C- D#
  • Size: 175cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 10cm

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

Munumiya Marawili

Munumiya Marawili
380

  • Key : F – G#
  • Size: 125cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,2cm
  • Bell: 7cm

Considering the Marrdapa background of the artist this instrument should be classified as an yidaki, but it’s sound and play characteristics are more like a mago… Such cross-over instruments you will find more often in his part of the region. So the first trumpet is not easy to hit. But if you want to refine your mago skills (and some Yolŋu styles) I can recommend this instrument!

 

Bibibak Munuŋgurr

Bibibak Munuŋgurr
€SOLD

  • Key : F – G
  • Size: 136cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,8cm
  • Bell: 8cm

I am forunate to say I spent quite a few days out bush with Bibibak. And I like his style of sticks! For my (contemporary) performances I mainly use other instruments but when I am talking trad. I often grab one of his sticks. In traditional Buŋgull the main purpose of the yiḏaki is to accompany the dancers. That means that it has to be bright and gritty so the dancers can easly hear the rythm that is played. Also the horntone needs to be bright since a lot of signals in Yolŋu song and dance are made trhough the sound of the yiḏaki. This particular instrument is very well suited for this job and if your aim is to study and understand Yolŋu music than this is a great instrument for you!

 

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra
780

  • Key : D# – G
  • Size: 136cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

An nice and full bodied instrument.Very stable in sound and  good backpressure. The toot comes out very easy and, in my opinion it is an instrument that is very suitable for both contemporary and traditional playing styles.

 

60’s mago

60's mago
€NFS

  • Key : D#
  • Size: 123cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 5cm

A straightforward mago. It was collected somewhere in the 1960’s by a dutch lady who was traveling the top end. Maker and area are unknown but the fact that it is only painted with ochres and that is has somebeeswax repairs suggest that was is not cut for selling it.

Waŋurri manikay

Waŋurri

€ 20

Manikay from the Waŋurri clan.
25 tracks.
€ 20,- ex shipping

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr Biḻma

A set of proper biḻma suitable for manikay(33cm)

Maker: Ŋoŋu Ganambarr

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra

Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra
980

  • Key : E – G
  • Size: 132cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 9,5cm

A nice E by Burrŋupurrŋu. Easy to play and suitable for different styles. A nice clear sound rich in overtones. Gorgeous painting by Djul’Djul ‘Gurruwiwi with Gudurrku and Djaykung.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

 

Warrkariny Wunuŋmurra

Warrkariny Wunuŋmurra
580

  • Key : E – G#
  • Size: 126,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,8cm
  • Bell: 7cm

A thoroughbred traditional yiḏaki.Speedy and jumpy. With a gritty sound. Briefly used in ceremony by Yithuwa Maḏarrpa clan leader Djambawa Marawili.A perfect stick to practise your faster trad style sounds!

 

60’s Maningrida mago

60's Maningrida mago
€NFS

  • Key : G
  • Size: 104,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 2,5cm

Collected in the 1960’s probably in the Maningrida area, and acquired in 2003. By the looks of it this was not made for commercial reasons. The mouthpiece is roughly chiseled out with something like a knife. The bell-end is very small but it still produces a nice and very powerful sound.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

David Yirrindili mago

David Yirrindili mago
€NFS

  • Key : C – D#
  • Size: 174cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8cm

A great mago by the famous songman and artist David Yirrindili. It was collected in the 1990’s.
Back in the 1990’s there was a big exebithion in Arnhem by aboriginal art collctive Wallonia. Later this resulted in The Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht (AAMU). In 2016 I was invited by the AAMU to help with the yiḏaki instalation during the exebithion ‘Power of Wood’.  This isntrument was part of my payment.

Madarrpa manikay

Madarrpa

€ 20

Manikay from the Madarrpa clan.
91 Tracks
€ 20,- ex shipping

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr Biḻma

A set of proper biḻma suitable for manikay(44cm + 24)

€ Sold

Maker: Ŋoŋu Ganambarr

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr
€SOLD

  • Key : E – G
  • Size: 137cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 7cm

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr has long been known for the quality of his instruments.
And this is a typical Ŋoŋu Ganambarr yiḏaki. A stable, slightly dry instrument with easy toot. The drone is very stable and direct. If you would oil it, it will be a little less dry, but personally I do like that dry sound.
The painting is special!
This yiḏaki is significant, not only as a musical instrument, but also because it is painted with Daṯiwuy clan miny’tji, a sacred design that belongs to his clan. The design denotes ‘ganu’ the muddied water stirred by the currents and tides that are made by the ancestral shark ‘mana’ thrashing its tail.

100% cultural authenticity and a pretty amazing yiḏaki!

 

Narritjin Maymurru

Narritjin Maymurru
POA

  • Key : D – F#
  • Size: 152,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8cm

A collectors piece!
A stunning, ochre painted yidaki from Yirrkala, 1968!!!
After extensive research I can probably say that this instrument was made by Narritjin Maymuru!
When seriously interested, I can give more details of its history…
This instrument was in my private collection for some time. But sometimes you have to let go…

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
1180

  • Key : C# – E
  • Size: 161,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,4cm
  • Bell: 8cm

A beast by #1 yiḏaki djambatj Dhapa Ganambarr! Very solid and fast playing this C#!
There is e few reasons why I like Dhapa’s work: First of all, he put’s some much love and work in finnishing his instruments. 2nd he works very finnely and presice and he keeps working till he get’s the full potential of the raw material.
All these things come together in this stick!
Lightweight, balanced, powerfull, gorgeous, perfect sound characteristics and… and… and…

 

1968 Narritjin Maymuru yiḏaki

1968 Narritjin Maymuru yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : D – F
  • Size: 142cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6cm

This is an instrument of museum quality. It is acquired by a person that was working at the Yirrkala airstrip in 1968 from an unknown Yolngu person. After intense research by myself with help from the Buku Larrŋay staff, I am pretty sure it is made by Narritjin Maymuru. Who, at that time was running a small shop on the beach and started the foundation of what now is the price winning and international acclaimed Yirrkala Art Centre. Interesting is the painting of the fish that intertwine with the water lily leaves, in a M. C. Escher style.
It is in uncracked condition and still plays very well. Although it is very dry and some water or oil would really make it come alive. The sound reminds of the old Wandjuk Marika at Ports Moresby recordings.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Used Yaŋarryaŋarr Munyarryun yiḏaki

Used Yaŋarryaŋarr Munyarryun yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : D# – F
  • Size: 137cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

A super sweet yiḏaki by Yaŋarryaŋarr Munyarryun. It was used in a bapuru ceremonie in Yirrkala, 2014. The use of the yiḏaki is mainly as a tool to accompany the singing and dancing. Although there are some ceremonies where sacred yiḏaki like the Dhaḏaḻaḻ are being  used.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Maŋgalili manikay

Maŋgalili

€ 20

Manikay from the Manŋgalili Clan.
52 Tracks

€ 20,- ex shipping

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr Biḻma

A set of proper biḻma suitable for manikay(46cm + 26)

 

Maker: Ŋoŋu Ganambarr

Bilma

Bilma
Sold
Een grootte set Bilma (42cm)
Zwaar met een mooie metalic sound!
Maker: Unknown

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
980

  • Key : E – F#
  • Size: 140cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,3cm
  • Bell: 7cm

A very nice E by ‘the man’ Dhapa Ganambarr!
Super backpressure, extremely finely finished so lightweight.
A beautiful full drone! With a very easy toot.
Beautiful cross-hatch painting.

The only negative thing I can say about this instrument is that it is worked back very thin at the bell. Not really an instrument for the street…

 

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
€1180

  • Key :C# – D#
  • Size: 162cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

A big and deep yiḏaki, with a bit off a growl. This particular yiḏaki has good quite some character in the positiv sence. It is not as rounded as most of Dhapa’s instruments but it has got the sound of the land. Arnhemland that is. Perfect for the true trad. aficionado but also the backpressure will allow you to go fully Rock ‘nd Roll on this one. And at the same time friendly enough for those that want to meditate and dream with their instrument. Dhapirrk yiḏaki!!!
 

1968 Narritjin Maymuru yiḏaki

1968 Narritjin Maymuru yiḏaki
€POA

  • Key : D – F#
  • Size: 152,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8cm

This is a yiḏaki of museum quality. It is acquired by somebody that was working at the Yirrkala airstrip in 1968 from an unknown Yolŋu person. After intense research by myself with help from the Buku Larrngay staff, I am pretty sure it is made by Narritjin Maymuru. Narritjin had an important role in the Yirrkala Church panels and the Bark petition. This instrument has very fine rarrk and plays like an old school Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki. It is in perfect condition but, because of its age, it’s very dry.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Used 50’s / 60’s yiḏaki

Used 50's / 60's yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : E – F
  • Size: 145,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 7cm

This yiḏaki was collected in the 1950’s-60’s. And shows signs of extensive use. It is in excellent condition and it is rare for an instrument of this age to still play. It was collected over 50 years ago probably at the Yirrkala mission. At that time the only permanent balanda setlement in Yirrkala were the airforce base and a few missions. The Mission in Yirrkala started a small art and craft industry to suply museums and private collectors.
It sounds and plays like any good yiḏaki!

Micky Hall mago

Micky Hall mago
€NFS

  • Key : C#
  • Size: 130cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5cm

Description will follow a.s.a.p.

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr Biḻma

A set of proper biḻma suitable for manikay(37,5cm)

 

Maker: Ŋoŋu Ganambarr

Bilma

bilma
Sold
Een mooie set Bilma (38cm)
Zwaar met een mooie metalic sound!
Maker: Unknown

Wulu Marrawili

Wulu Marrawili
Sold

  • Key : D# – F#
  • Size: 135cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,6cm
  • Bell: 5,5cm

A lovely yiḏaki. For me the mouthpiece is a bit small. But if you can handle it like it is you will find it’s very rich in overtones. Subtle yet strong. It responds very well to tongue movements and you will need to be very precise to get to its full potential.
Although it’s subtle you can still play pretty fast without losing its sound.
Beautifully painted with Burrut’tji the lightning snake for Yirritja people.

 

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
€sold

  • Key : C# – F
  • Size: 150,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6cm

A classical Djalu! A nice and warm, deep sounding instrument that plays like a dream. Not as dramatic in shape as some of Djalu’s instruments but still with a very big sound.Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki, good balance, stable, warm, easy toot, perfect back pressure for a great price!

 

 

70’s Maningrida mago

70's Maningrida mago
€NFS

  • Key : E
  • Size: 126cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 4,5cm

An unassuming instrument most likely from the Maningrida area. It was collected somewhere around the 1970’s. The dotted style of painting is about the creation story of the Wagilak sisters and the Rainbow serpent. Traditionally mago are classified as coming from an overtone absent area. But as with all cultures things are not static and in the Northern parts of Arnhemland things tend to blend and some early field recordings from that area do have songs where the first trumpet is used quit a lot.
This particular instrument is a nice example of an old school mago and it has a rustic feel and appearance.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

David Yirrindili mago

David Yirrindili mago
€NFS

  • Key : A# – D#
  • Size: 175cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8cm

David Yirrindili was one of the songmen of the famous White Cockatoo performing group. With D. Blanasi as their mago player they played a key role in spreading the sound of the didgeridoo arround the world. Already in the 1960’s they played on national television in the United Kingdom.
This particular instument has been in the basement of the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht for a long time. It was collected in the 90’s. It plays very smooth and has a rustic feel to it.

Left-hand George Djunggunwanga mago

Left-hand George Djunggunwanga mago
€NFS

  • Key : C
  • Size: 124cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6cm

A superb mago from the 1990’s by George ‘left hand’ Djunggunwanga. He lived as one of the last Dalabon in the Bulman Community. He was one of the last to still life the old way. In the 60’s he accompagnied D. Blanasi and British televion host, Rolf Harrison on a walk about in Arnhemland. It was this trip that inspired Rolf Harris to bring the didgeridoo to British Television.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Ŋoŋu Ganambarr Biḻma

A set of proper biḻma suitable for manikay(38cm)

€Sold

Maker: Ŋoŋu Ganambarr

Biḻma

Bilma 07

€ sold
Een grootte set Bilma (34,5 and 28 cm)
Zwaar met een mooie metalic sound!
Maker: Gurrukmuŋu Gurruwiwi

Wapurrpurr Wunuŋmurra

Wapurrpurr Wunuŋmurra
780

  • Key : F – G
  • Size: 141cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 9cm

A great instrument made by the yiḏaki player of the Wandawuy recordings within the Mulka Project! A real ‘bush’ yidaki. Wapurrpurr does not often make instruments for the trade, but is widely respected as yiḏaki player for his clan and community.
A great F. Rich in all frequencies with a easy toot.
There is a repair in the upper part of the instrument. But I’m convinced that if you start playing your instrument carefully that it is definitely going to hold.

 

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
€Sold

  • Key : D# – D#
  • Size: 166,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 4cm
  • Bell: 10cm

This is what happens when everything comes together. Termites, tree, Yolŋu yiḏaki crafter #1 and a senior Dhudi-Djapu lady with a magic brush.

This is how this instrument was described on the Yirrkala Yidaki facebook page:
It has been painted with designs that represent Bawaŋ, a seasonal potato that grows wild in Arnhem land. Bawaŋ is an important food source and also represents a source of power, as it is the food eaten by Bolŋu, a powerful creation ancestor for the Dhuwa moiety.

Mulkun recently completed a significant collection of paintings that document and preserve her botanical knowledge of traditional Yolŋu plant usage. This collection has been purchased by art collectors and then donated to the National Museum of Australia as a permanent collection. A book will be produced from this collection, which will include both the Yolŋu and the botanical names for each plant species, plus the uses and identification resources for these plants. This represents the documentation of very important cultural knowledge, fulfilling the personal vision of Mulkun in her desire to renew the knowledge of these plants. When she was young this was the food that she grew up on. As she says in her own words “In those days the elders lived for a long time without illness.”

Besides the significant painting by Mulkun about the yiḏaki by one off the best yiḏaki craftsmen of nowadays I can say only 1 thing: It plays like that 1% top quality that old man Djalu makes!
A true collectors piece that plays like a dream!!!

 

80’s Port Keats Marluk

80's Port Keats Marluk
€NFS

  • Key : C#
  • Size: 132cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,6cm
  • Bell: 5cm

A 80’s marrluk from Port Keats area . In this part of australia the didgeridoo playing or Wangga is less developed that the related, west Arnhemland style (Gunborrk). Apperently the didgeridoo in this area is not used for ceremonie but only for entertainment.

M*rw*tŋ* Munyarryun yiḏaki

M*rw*tŋ* Munyarryun yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : F- E
  • Size: 153,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 9,5cm

A awesome yiḏaki cut by Djalu Gurruwiwi and painted by M*rrw*tŋ* Munyarryun. It was made for their 2009 European tour. The painting represents the relationship between the Warramiri and the Waŋuri. For a part of this tour I took care, with my brother, of the transport.
It sounds pretty rough. Interresting is the first ‘toot’. Which is one full tone below the fundamental.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Bibibak Munuŋgurr

Bibibak Munuŋgurr
€Sold

  • Key : E – F#
  • Size: 147cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,8cm
  • Bell: 7cm

 

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

Bibibak Munuŋgurr

Bibibak Munuŋgurr
780

  • Key : F#- G
  • Size: 137cm
  • Mouthpiece: 2,7cm
  • Bell: 7,5cm

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

90’s mago

ngongu-shark
780

  • Key : C# – F#
  • Size: 140cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5cm

Again a nice instrument from Ramingining area, Central North Arnhemland, from the 90’s. An instrument with a warm, full bodied sound. The trumpet is easy to play. Exeptional nice painting in really thick, natural ochers. Besides a beautifull, playable instrument, also something for the collector!

 

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
€SOLD

  • Key : D# – G
  • Size: 137cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5,5cm

A little bit more simple in construction but it matches all my demands on a good instrument. A nice full sound, an easy toot and good backpressure! At the moment Dhapa is one of THE men when it comes to quality instruments. A good opportunity to acquire a real Dhapa Ganambarr yiḏaki for a great price!

 

Yali Munuŋgurr

Yali Munuŋgurr
580

  • Key : D – F
  • Size: 147cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 7cm

A great yiḏaki by an important Djapu elder.Yali does not make to many yiḏaki nowadays. But he did not lose his touch! A nice and solid yiḏaki in the key of D. Great balance between fundamental en toot. Very stable acoustics. And, off course, a greataand easy toot! There is a very small black beeswax repair, and that is the only reason why I priced as I did…

 

Dhapa Ganambarr yiḏaki (a.k.a. the Walkabout yiḏaki)

Dhapa Ganambarr yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : D# – E
  • Size: 166cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 8,5cm

The Walkabout yiḏaki is an instrument from my private collection. It’s made by Dhapa Ganambarr from the Miwatj region in Arnhemland, Australia.

I have sent this yiḏaki out into the world as a Facebook project.

My aim with its journey is to collect videos with people playing it all over the world.

So the world can enjoy what a good yiḏaki is like.

The Walkabout yiḏaki Facebookpage

Bob Burruwal mago

Bob Burruwal mago
€NFS

  • Key : E
  • Size: 125cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6cm

A superb mago by acclaimed Rembarrnga artist Bob Burruwal. The Rembarrnga are musically aligned with both Central and west Arnhemland. In Central Arnhemland the horn tone is present in the mago playing, where in west Arnhemland it is said to be absent. It is generally said that in central Arnhemland the horn tone is a sustained one. But I have old field recordings from a Rembarrnga man who fiercely fires one dup after the other. It plays really well and has a nice warm and full bodied sound.

This particular instrument was part of the ‘Power of Wood’ exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, in 2015.

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
€580

  • Key : E – G
  • Size: 141,5cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 8,5cm

More detailed info will follow a.s.a.p.

90’s mago

ngongu-shark
680

  • Key : C# – F
  • Size: 149cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 5cm

A nice Mago from Ramingining area, Central North Arnhemland. Collected in the 90’s. A gentle, natural instrument, there is not been worked on the inside. It is a bit rough in it’s sound. Not a real speedy instrument but a bit more old style with a nice, rustic feel to it. Beautiful painting with traditional ochers. A nice playable instrument wich would suit any collection!

 

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
€1080

  • Key : D# – E
  • Size: 162cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,4cm
  • Bell: 8cm

Okay one more time: Dhapa Ganambarr!!!

A solid D# with a lot of funk to it. There is a lot off power in this stick. Very nice and rich acoustics. With an easy to hit and round first trumpet note.
Dhapa is not only one of the most cosistent yiḏaki crafters but he’s a real wood worker as well.
All of his yiḏaki are made with a lot of love for the shape of the tree and he spents hours in shaping it so that the walls are evenly thick.
Wich results in very stable and powerfull instruments.
You will need to come over and try this one!!!

 

Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi
1180

  • Key : D – F#
  • Size: 153cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3,5cm
  • Bell: 7,5cm

Djalu did it again! This is one of those yiḏaki the man is famous for! Big, thunderous and a growling sound. Deep, but with great harmonics and an easy well rounded toot. Not to heavy but heavy enough to create a very stable sound. Perfect backpressure which litterally draw the rythms out of your mouth!

 

Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki

Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki
€NFS

  • Key : D – D
  • Size: 174cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 10cm

A great example of Djalu’s work. It is huge and has the typical sound of thunder.

It is painted with Wititj’ the ancestral rainbow serpent and Djarri the rainbow coming out of his mouth. In North East Arnhemland there are a few different type of yiḏaki. Of course it is not a coincidence that one seems to be a lot bigger than the other. Different clan’s use different instruments depending on which ceremony is going to be held. I have heard Djalu decide to go out and make a specific instrument and then go out to a bit of forest just around the corner. And walk straight to a big tree which was cut and it immediately played like the type of yiḏaki he was after!

Biḻma

Bilma 07

NFS

Proper biḻma or clapsticks are very hard to get and most of the time they are sold before they make it to the website.
So if you are after a pair please feel free to sent me an email and place an order.

My private collection of biḻma from left to right:
Bob Burduwal
Jack Nawilil
Burrngupurrngu Wunuŋmurra
M*lk*yŋ* Munuŋgurr
Gordon Machbirrbirr
Galpu Bilma used
Gurrukmuŋu Gurruwiwi

Dhapa Ganambarr

Dhapa Ganambarr
€Sold

  • Key : E – F
  • Size: 146cm
  • Mouthpiece: 3cm
  • Bell: 6,5cm

 

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