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Isaac Yamma
Isaac Yama outside Ininti Store, Uluru. 1983.JPG
Isaac Yama outside Ininti Store, Uluru, NT, Australia. 1983
Background information
Kaltukatjara, Northern Territory, Australia
DiedJanuary 1990
Instrumentsvocals, acoustic guitar
Years active1960–1989
LabelsCAAMA Records
Associated actsFrank Yamma
Pitjantjatjara Country Band

Isaac Yamma (1940 – January 1990) was a country singer from central Australia. He was one of the earliest musicians in Australia to become well known singing Western-style songs in an indigenous language. Isaac was a Pitjantjatjara man who was born by a waterhole near Docker River. He started his musical career as a member of a band called Areyonga Desert Tigers. He later formed his own band, the Pitjantjatjara Country Band. It was made up of his sons Hector, Frank, Peter and Paul and his cousin Russell Yamma. His song were mostly sung in Pitjantjatjara.


  • Isaac Yama and the Pitjantjatjara Country Band (1987) - CAAMA
  • Isaac Yama and the Pitjantjatjara Country Band No.2 (1987) - CAAMA
  • Papal Concert, Alice Springs (1982) - CAAMA
  • Desert Songs 1 (1982) - CAAMA
  • Desert Songs 2 (1983) - CAAMA
  • From the Bush (1990) - CAAMA
  • AIDS: How Could I Know (1989) - CAAMA
  • 25th Anniversary Compilation 2 (2006) - CAAMA


  • Walker, Clinton (2000). "Country Man". Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music. Pluto Press. pp. 230–243. ISBN 1-86403-152-2
  • Toohey, Paul (1996). "The Story of Isaac". God's Little Acre. Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove. ISBN 1-875989-09-9
  • Breen, Marcus (1989). Our Place Our Music. Aboriginal Studies Press. ISBN 0-85575-197-5