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Gurrumul to appear at the Queen's Jubilee Concert

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Gurrumul to appear at the Queen's Jubilee Concert

by Mina Vanessa Kitsos on May 22, 2012 (May 22, 2012) filed under World | Comment Now
Blind singer-songwriter Gurrumul Yunupingu will do Australia proud at Buckingham Palace.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, an icon of Australian folk and indigenous music, has been chosen along with a host of stars set to perform at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4.

Singer, guitarist and alumnus of Yothu Yindi, the Elcho Island-born Gurrumul will lend his ethereal vocals to the official Diamond Jubilee song, Sing, written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Take That's Gary Barlow. Gurrumul worked with Barlow along with luminaries from around the Commonwealth including the Sydney Symphony and Prince Harry on tembourine, to record the single.

The BBC's Diamond Jubilee concert, which marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne, will be broadcast live to millions around the world. 

Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Australian popstar songstress Kylie Minogue are among those who will take to the stage. The classical contingent includes American soprano Renée Fleming and Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

It is the latest in a series of royal honours for Gurrumul, who has recently performed for Barack Obama and the Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark.