Troy ‘Jungaji’ Brady
Troy ‘Jungaji’ Brady is a member of the Western Kuku Yalanji tribe and historical ties to Cherbourg, Palm Island and Woorabinda communities.
Troy was a featured performer in Opera Australia’s award winning production of ‘Yarrabah! The Musical’. He also performed in the well-regarded band Banawurun. In 2006 they were invited to perform in Los Angeles at the Muse Expo world music conference; where the same year they were named ‘Band of the Year’ as well as nominees for ‘Single of the Year’ at the Australian Deadly Awards; and were a Best Indigenous Artist nominee at the Music Oz Awards.
Troy Brady’s songs and performances reflect his life experiences as an Aboriginal man living in an Australian society where the historical past strongly influences the present and affects the future. Continuing to share his message he has joined forces with world renowned music ensemble Black Arm Band.
Troy ‘Jungaji’ Brady
Western Kuku Yalanji
The Western Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people of north Queensland lived historically on the southern region of Cape York Peninsula inland from the Great Dividing Mountain Range. It is a vast area of mixed forests and savannah with seasonal river systems. Their home country is dotted with many rock art sites in the caves and rock shelters that provided protection during the rainy season. Aborigines hgave lived in the area since time immemorial, estimated to be at least forty thousand years. The Westen Kuku Yalanji are also known as the ‘Sunset people’ and are related to the rainforest mountains, the Easter Kuku Yalanji, the ‘Sunrise people’.
Contact with Euorepean colonisers began in the mid-nineteenth century but gathered force when gold was discovered at the Palmer River in 1873. The influx of miners and destruction of traditional hunting habitats and the disruption of social and cultural life lead to conflict. Eventually the Western Kuku Yalanji were dispossessed of their land and livelihoods. Missionisation followed for some members of the tribe whilst others remained in their traditional areas in small communities. In 1998 the Western Kuku Yalanjoi were able to sifn an agreement to reclaim access and use of some areas of their traditional homeland.
Today, Aboriginal people identified with the Western Kuku Yalanji may live across Australia but still retain a strong connection to the country of their ancestors.