The Yolŋu outfit have made the 2000 hit very much their own, with the addition of banjo, didgeridoo, bilma and lyrics in Yolŋu Matha, courtesy of vocalist Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu. He carries the song with his powerful, distinct voice, while guitarist Roy Kellaway throws in an enthusiastic and masterful solo towards its latter half.
Check out the band’s cover of ‘Yellow’ below:
“There’s a lot of significance for the colour yellow for the boys’ clan, Gumatj clan,” Kellaway explained in a post-performance interview.
“From the season now, actually, is when the stingray are getting Djukuurr, which are getting fat,” he said. “And so, that’s a big thing, culturally significant time for the Yolŋu people, and the colour yellow for Gumatj is representative of that fat, the richness.
“And then, even the lyrics, we like the stuff about the stars and how they’re shining for you,” he added. “We don’t really know what [Chris Martin] wrote the song about, but our take on it was a really nice thing about we’re all under the same stars and there’s lots of stories that bind us.”
Alongside the cover, they also performed their latest single, ‘Let’s Go’. Watch that performance below too.
King Stingray are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album next month, on August 5. So far they’ve previewed the record with a number of singles, including ‘Hey Wanhaka’, ‘Get Me Out’, ‘Milkumana’, ‘Camp Dog’ and the aforementioned ‘Let’s Go’.