Sunset for top didgeridoo player

Other News Materials 26 February 2008 09:20 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Alan Dargin, one of Australia's most revered didgeridoo players, has died in Sydney at the age of 40 after a stroke, his family said Tuesday.

Dargin was best known for his solo work on the distinctive wooden musical instrument and toured Germany, the United States and China.

Fellow performer Charlie McMahon, who toured with Dargin in Europe, said the Arnhem Land-born player had a distinctive sound.

"He played a very original, fast, complex and quite loud style," McMahon said. "That really impressed people very much at the time - in the mid to late 80s when people were starting to get a lot more aware of Indigenous culture, especially overseas."