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Mago-a-go-go

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Published on May 15, 2007

A mago is basically a type of didgeridoo from Western Arnhem Land, an Aboriginal reserve in the Northern Territory of Australia. This particular instrument is made from the termite-hollowed trunk of an Australian 'gum' or eucalyptus tree. It is quite an art to find a suitable tree to make into a didgeridoo and the quality of the end product is dependent on the shape of the internal cavity and the general size and shape of the log. When everything is just right, a resonant, powerful instrument is produced such as this example here played by Darryl.

The didgeridoo player Darryl Dikarrnga (sometimes spelt Digarrnga and Dikarrna) is regarded as one of the best didgeridoo players of this particular style called Kunborrk. It is a style of play endemic to Western Arnhem Land. Darryl has traveled the world giving workshops and performing to audiences.

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