Emerging South Australia artist Tilly Tjala Thomas has just released her debut single “Ngana Nyunyi” as part of Part Time Records’ Singles Club.
Coming from the Fleurieu Peninsula, Tilly Tjala Thomas has been writing and performing her own songs around Adelaide since she was eleven. This year, her final year of High School, she’s undertaken a creative mentorship with Melbourne producer and vocalist Memphis LK.
Accompanying the single, there is a beautiful music video directed by Larrakia artist and producer Jimblah. Filmed on country in the Southern Flinders, the clip tells the storyline of the song. According to Tilly, “It started as a game that my dad would use to help my little sister and I learn Nukunu language. On long drives Dad would ask, ‘Ngana Nyunyi (what’s that?)’ and we’d reply ‘Nyunyi kulpi/yirta/thartu (that’s a cloud/bird/hill)’.”
Thomas goes into more detail about the meaning of the song in the description of the video on YouTube. So be sure to check that out to get an even better idea of her creative motivations. It’s a beautiful track, haunting perhaps, but arguably it still retains that playfulness that was so integral to its origins.