Jungaji is a modern day song man who is one of only a small group of Australian First Nations fluent Gu gu Yelanji speakers and song man left in the world today.
The continuation of that sacred ancient law is an integral responsibility for Jungaji in terms of documenting his peoples stories through visual art landscapes, theatre and his love of music and storytelling of all those intimate learnings over a period of twenty years sitting with his elder, Qawanji Brady. More importantly his exchange with their last ancient one, Babi Wawu, an exchange between a 14 year old, urbanised, Murri boy and a 106 year old bush man in 1991.
This exchange was the passing of ancient secrets to a young Troy Brady, who through this life changing spiritual initiation had seen Troy’s transformation and spiritual metamorphosis as Jungaji (knowledge & strength); the keeper of ancient song-lines & stories, hence the importance now more than ever to ensure the children and the children yet to be born, have the ability to access these traditional teachings and languages through the digital recordings, songs & visual film clips.
Historically Jungaji has overcome two strokes, two heart attacks, multiple open heart surgeries, a chronic 23 year battle with Lupus (Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs – an autoimmune disease. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs).
Jungaji is passionate about raising awareness of this disease and is compelled to share his testimony with others living with Lupus.
September 2021 saw the tragic loss of his beautiful 21 year old son, which has only placed the importance and significance on those sacred teachings in our times of darkness to reconnect and navigate through profound grief, to recalibrate through the rebirth of deeper understanding and purpose in life.
Jungaji has given away his need for alcohol, smoking, drugs or gambling since 2017.
He owes this to his elders, with the learnings passed through from his traditional teachers, mentors and the spiritual spears and songlines that he now possesses and holds sacredly within his coexistence between this current world and the ancient worlds.
It enables Jungaji to intimately share his visual art, music, theatre, cultural workshops, social activism and the ability to make salubrious choices to empower him to inspire others to walk through these new artistic landscapes and live a full and purposeful life.
Jungaji is also the Chair of the Dhadjowa Foundation. DF is a national grassroots organisation that’s been established to provide strategic, coordinated and culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families whose loved ones have died in custody. They are a not-for-profit organisation that’s independent from all government funding and rely on donations, fundraising and philanthropy.
The Dhadjowa Foundation delivers grassroots support for families through three key activities, Peer Support; Financial assistance and Campaign capacity building. All of which will be family-led and founded in self-determination.
For a brief history of Jungaji’s three decade musical evolution, have a read here.