Wawu is the realisation of Deline’s creative vision, nurtured over the last 20 years. The Wawu concerts promise to capture the imaginations, hearts and ears of audiences—her album and show is a spiritual experience as much as a musical journey.

After 10 years touring the world as a principal artist with the Black Arm Band and performing with Archie Roach, Emma Donovan, Tiddas and Mission Songs Project, Yalanji woman  of song Deline Briscoe launches her stunning solo debut album, Wawu. 

Wawu—a Yalanji word encompassing the concepts of spirit, heart, love and connections between people, land, past, present and future—tells the story of four generations of women from one family: Deline, her daughter Jade, her Mother and her Mother’s mother. 

Sung in Yalanji language as well as English, the songs extend a gentle call to people struggling in life; an acknowledgement of their pain, and a tender reassurance that can only come from women who have risen, triumphant, from the darkest of times. 

While the songs speak of the older women’s journeys through the trauma of separation from their families and of her own experience with troubled relationships, the mood of the album 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 extraordinary jazz-infused vocals are enriched by all-acoustic instruments brilliantly played by Airileke Ingram (drums/percussion), Robbie Finch (double bass), Stephen Maxwell (piano), Paul Coyle (trumpet/flugel horn) and Phil Bywater (clarinet/saxophone) as the core band. 

Photo: Peggy Kasabad

Photo: Peggy Kasabad