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To play didgeriblues you first need a didgeridoo. The didgeridoo is the oldest wind instrument in the world and belongs to the Australian Aboriginal culture. Similar to the word “kangaroo”, its name is onomatopoeic. Didgeridoo comes from a corruption of the Aboriginal name Yidaki in English.

It’s origin is Northern Australia, where there are the magnetic termite mounds, especially in Arnhem Land, and it is created entirely by termites that eat out the eucalyptus trees from the inside leaving the hard outside. The Yolngu Aboriginal people recognize these trees and cut them, then the instrument is decorated with natural ochres with the identifying marks of “dreaming” (the time of the Dream) of the tribe.

Playing the Didgeridoo is not easy and requires a philosophical initiation about the meaning of music. The didgeridoo/Yidaki interacts with various other instruments in the full respect of tradition, culture and aboriginal thought.

Florio Pozza is an Italo-Australian musician and composer who was born in Myrtleford (Vic) where he lived until age 12, then returned to Italy with his family – he came home a didgeriblues boy. He has always kept contact with Australia and returned there in ’99, resuming contacts with his native land. He was taught to play aboriginal instruments by Dilmjeng, an aboriginal friend, and he plays exclusively the original aboriginal instruments.

He has recorded 9 CD’s including The Silent Prayer, Terra Australis as a soloist. Didgeridoo, guitar and lyrics related to Florio’s childhood in Australia, over time have created a new Australian sound named “didgeriblues”.

On the occasion of “Australia Day”, Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Castel Brando (Treviso) a concert was held entitled ‘We Are All Dreamers’. Florio Pozza and percussionist Peter Neri presented their new CD by Acoustic Voyagers entitled Daydream. Special guest for the music was Gisella Cozzo, well known Italian/Australian singer,but the star was Florio and his didgeriblues.

(This article is reproduced under licence from Energitismo Limited)

Gavin Tulloch

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