Rock Band East Journey from Yirrkala, NT have collaborated with their forefathers and mentors Yothu Yindi on an EP titled The Genesis Project.
Recorded in Sydney and Cairns, The Genesis Project was produced by LA rocker and producer Stevie Salas whose credentials include Mick Jagger, Aerosmith, Parliament Funk and Justin Timberlake. The project was recorded and mixed by Steeve Body at studio 301 in Sydney and Pegasus Sound in Cairns. Some of the EP was also mixed in the US by Jean Marie Hovrat and Ben Moore. The EP was mastered in the US by Tom Baker.
The ten track EP consists of previous material that has been rewritten and rearranged by original Yothu Yindi members Ben Hakalitz, Buruka Tau & Stu Kellawayin collaboration with East Journey, whilst Salas contributed to this process.
The EP consists of five full length songs woven together with snippets from two Yolgnu ceremonial songs [songlines] that East Journey have been given permission to publicly record specifically for The Genesis Project. Titled Mokuyand Bonba they represent the songline stories “Spirit” and “Butterfly”. See *below for a brief explanations on these two Yolngu words.