The Location

UPK music represents the broad spectrum of musical expression across the Anangu Pitantjatjajara Lands. Musicians travel far across their country to come to the recording sessions, which have occurred throughout the lands.

Click on the locations in the map below to learn more about the past UPK recordings:


Location of UPK5

UPK5 recording location continues the practice of making a bush homeland the site for UPK music production. That way, musicians are able to stay close to families, community action and employment places. Katji Kuta homeland is set in the most beautiful country and has good water and power supply.

The studio was constructed as an extension of the verandah of the old house. Its walls were made of hessian and canvas and as the wild wind howled about and massive buffel grass fires raced across the ranges and valleys the musicians huddled inside the studio and recorded the music of UPK5.

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Katji Kuta outstation, nestled in the rugged hills of the Musgrave Ranges.

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UPK's recording space: setup on the verandah of a local building.

UPK5 studio was a state-of-art production/recording space with full line-up of guitars, bass, keyboards, synth, drum kit, studio mics, digital recording equipment and a groovy vibe!

UPK5 studio was a state-of-the-art production/ recording space!


Katji Kuta was chosen as the site for the UPK5 recording because of its closeness to Amata, the home community of Kunmanara ‘Tjamu Tjamu’ Tunkin, a most important identity in the history of UPK. He was the first UPK Environmental Health Worker. He was widely known as a singer and songwriter especially in his role as a front man for the pioneering rock band Ilkari Maru. This album is dedicated to Tjamu Tjamu who never gave up.