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Wibaru white whale dreaming

by Russell Hibbs and Bunnah lawrie.

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Jidderra 06:01
Jidderra, can be any whale, he can be the humpback whale, the sperm whale, the southern right whale, the great blue whale. He's a mythic spirit whale, a magical whale. A creator of land, sea, waterholes and water. He brings music to the land and sea. Jidderra, is our brother, sister and part of our family.
Wibaru 05:00
This song is for the humpback whales, which in the Mirning language are known as Wibaru. 'We are calling to them, and letting them know, that we want to share our music and song. Come close as a friend or brother, We love you'!. Bunnah invokes the whales in language with this heartfelt chant. A song for healing and connection with our Cetacean kin of the oceans.
Te Kohanga 06:55
From three distant and separate lands they came, to the windswept shores of Aotearoa. Three braids, three strands to weave a feathered cloak of kinship. Who lived as a nation for two thousand years in peace. Who tattoo'ed their faces with spiral pattern, who harvested fish and birds, yet increased their number. Who cut tall trees, leaving the forest stronger. Who carved greenstone, without breaking it's spirit. who wore robes & shoes of flax. Who cared for the web of life, keeping the balance. Who made offering to, Tane Mahuta, Hine Moana, Te Kumera. Who sang songs of arrival, at soaring towers of stone, home to Kahu the eagle. Standing up at sacred nest the hare and hawk i saw. Standing up at castle hill to honour Waitaha. Wind whips tussock grass, cloud of powa shell. Tuatara guards greenstone trails, that lead to hidden realms. Moon of the berries is waning to clay, song of Waitaha, along the white whales way. Naked to stand at te kohanga, face wet with tears, and ask the god's to heal my heart, receive this karakia. I give respect to the white haired elders, with eyes of leaves and cloaks of snow. I give respect to the white haired elders, from the peaks of Aotearoa. And so they journey'd to answer the call of stone, a stone of stones. A stone touched by the gods. That bound together, the healing colours of land, sea and stars. And it carried the healing beauty of the mother star. And it became known as pounamu.
Wanjala 07:57
The whales and dolphins sing together, we sing to them, and call them close to shore. Letting them know that we are one family of land and sea.
Migaloo 09:47
Again we sing to our Cetacean kin, and they in turn sing back to us. Together we celebrate one family.


Recorded during the migration of east coast humpback whales.
Russell and Bunnah dive deeply into this dreaming,
as Migaloo the white whale passes by Byron bay.

Bunnah, a song man and wisdom keeper of the Mirning people,
intones in language, ancient chants and living song.

These chants are imbued with vitality, spirit and presence,
calling on tradition, present and past.
The hypnotic drones of the yidaki merge land with sea,
whilst harmonic whirlies, medicine drum and celtic harp
weave a sonic spell, a mysterious fabric of pacific and celtic dreaming.

This is a powerful collaboration, celebrating Cetacean and Human relationship, culture and togetherness as one joyful expression of life.


released July 19, 2014

Bunnah Lawrie:- Vocals.
Russell Hibbs:- Harp, Shruti, Gongs, Bells, Psaltry, Drums, Whirlies.
Arparna:- Yidaki, Conch.
Vasudha:- Keyboard.
Robbie Hode:- Drum.
Tarshito:- Guitar.
Whales:- Vocals.
Dolphins:- Vocals.

Recording, Engineering,Arrangements:- Russell Hibbs.
Mastering:- Andy Copeman.


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