Tjupurru is a proud descendant of the Djabera Djabera tribe of the Kimberley in Western Australia. Born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and settling in Cairns, Australia, Tjupurru began playing didjeridoo through a vacuum cleaner pipe in boarding school. His real love affair with the instrument came when he discovered the music of the Australian act Gondwanaland and didj player Charlie McMahon.
Tjupurru plays a unique slide didjeridoo invented by McMahon, known as "the didjeribone"—a cross between a diji and a trombone. He picks up his sound through a seismic sensor called a “face bass” implanted inside his mouth. With the addition of sampling and electronic effects, he can perform as a one-man band to create songs and soundscapes that crisscross musical genres. His work represents a mix of cultures, technologies, sounds, and musical ages to produce what he describes as 21st century “didjetronica.”
Tjupurru has played throughout the world alongside numerous international artists and has performed with Nic Harcourt, Kaki King, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and others in the United States. His debut recording, “Stompin' Ground,” was released in September 2007, and subsequently was named in the Top 10 World Charts on radio station KCRW in Santa Monica.
More recently, Tjupurru has been visiting schools across Australia, presenting his didjeribone show to the delight of thousands of students. In August 2009, he performed at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre in Planet IndigenUs, billed as the world’s largest contemporary indigenous arts festival.