Deline Briscoe is a strong Yalanji song woman from the Daintree Region of Far North Queensland. Her roots planted deep in Yalanji culture and Gospel vocals Deline combines the two worlds in her 2018 Album "Wawu". Deline is touring around the country and has shows in Melbourne. Deline and fellow artists spoke to Erica Higgins and Gman on 3KND.
Accompanying Deline are her backup singers Edward and Nicole Lampton (brother/Sister) from the Juru/Bundjalung nation from Ayr & Ukerebagh Island, Tweed Heads. Walawarra tribe from Lake Nash in Australia and the Yakel tribe of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu. Royston Sagigi-Baira hails from the town Old Mapoon, near Weipa.
Deline’s Career spans over 2 decades with some of Australia’s most celebrated vocalists including Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Paul Kelly, Shane Howard, Emma Donovan, Airileke, Andrea Keller, Iian Grandage and has toured the world with two vocally exquisite ensembles, Black Arm Band and Mission Songs Project. Wawu is a stunning solo album which collaborates with Producer Airileke (Yothu Yindi), Pianist Stephen Maxwell (Jimmy Cliff) and 5 time ARIA Award winning composer Andrea Keller recording an exquisite piece of art in the track “Sonrise”. While the ethereal Tree (co-written with Bart Willoughby, based on a poem by Kevin Gilbert), is a Hymn to creation and nature. Reinventing the Tiddas track “Ignorance is Bliss” in a hip-hop, jazz infused version that moves your soul featuring their Harmonies.
The mood of "Wawu" is compassionate and redemptive. In both subject and style, the album’s acoustic hiphop/jazz/roots fusions draw parallels with Lauryn Hill’s groundbreaking The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Deline’s live vocal delivery has the ability to change hearts, minds and even change the weather. Interweaving Wulngkabadi (Yalanji traditional singing) with a jazz, hip-hop, soul infusion. Her extraordinary compositions are enriched by brilliant musicians, Airileke (drums) and Stephen Maxwell (keys/bass). "Wawu" is a show that is an absolutely necessary experience.