“A picture of a soul seeking freedom”: Emily Wurramara’s Mystical “Magic Woman Dancing” Is an Empowered & Impassioned Liberation

Emily Wurramara © Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
Emily Wurramara © Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
A powerful and profound seduction, Emily Wurramara’s “Magic Woman Dancing” is a spellbinding, provocative mystic folk song that builds a fire within, inspiring us to dive into ourselves, do the dance of self-expression, and discover our inner light.
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This song invites whoever wants to listen to embrace their own uniqueness and find solace in the enchantment of self-discovery. It serves as a reminder that true magic lies within each individual, waiting to be released through the dance of self-expression.

Emily Wurramara is unleashed, and she’s here to empower the world through song.

The singer/songwriter’s latest single is a mystical celebration of freedom, but it’s not just any freedom: It’s a spiritual release – a liberation of the mind, body, and soul. It’s freedom from the societal constraints and all those arbitrary rules governing our days and nights; freedom from external pressures and expectations, from comparison and self-doubt; freedom from the darkness within us, that so often threatens to consume our hearts and souls if we succumb to its wishes. A powerful and profound seduction, “Magic Woman Dancing” is a spellbinding, provocative mystic folk song that builds a fire within, inspiring us to dive into ourselves, do the dance of self-expression, and discover our inner light.

Magic Woman Dancing - Emily Wurramara
Magic Woman Dancing – Emily Wurramara
This soul I knew,
She hurt herself in ways you couldn’t imagine
She wasn’t shy, she was very outspoken and open
Always starstruck, divine vessel
and dreams that would provoke them
There’s something oh so lovely about her
There’s something oh so lovely about her
And when she walked,
she left a Bittersweet taste,
how people followed just to get a gaze
I must admit…I was a little bit salty
She’s so enchanting magic woman dancing

Released February 2, 2024 via ABC Music, “Magic Woman Dancing” is an enchanting return from ARIA-nominated, multi-award-winning artist Emily Wurramara. Based in Nipaluna (Hobart, Australia) and hailing from the Warnindhilyagwa tribe, Wurramara has emerged as a singular voice in the Australian music scene since her debut just eight years ago.

A passionate songwriter, storyteller, and performer, Wurramara takes pride in her ability “to evoke feeling via intimacy and the appreciation of life’s subtleties” – and it’s exactly this kind of intimate, painstaking nuance that makes “Magic Woman Dancing” such an irresistible, cinematic experience from start to finish.

This soul I knew, was finding ways to breathe her freedom.
Subdued and blind, to what was bound,
It Echoes in her silence.
She wasn’t fearful of the things that could be weird
There’s something oh so lovely about her
"Magic Woman Dancing" - Emily Wurramara music video still
“Magic Woman Dancing” – Emily Wurramara music video still



“This song pretty much paints a picture of a soul seeking freedom and unburdening herself from societal constraints,” Wurramara tells Atwood Magazine. “Through her silence, echoes of her strength and resilience resound. Though this woman has endured unimaginable pain, her outspoken nature and unwavering spirit shine through. People are captivated by her presence, following her every move to catch even a glimpse of her radiance.”

“There’s this line I sing throughout where I say, ‘I must admit, I was a little bit salty,” talking about jealousy, this bittersweet emotion that arises from witnessing the enchanting magic of this remarkable woman. Despite any feelings of envy, her captivating nature remains undeniable, and I come to terms with that, that this is a reflection of my lived experiences, my environment, my upbringing. This song invites whoever wants to listen to embrace their own uniqueness and find solace in the enchantment of self-discovery. It serves as a reminder that true magic lies within each individual, waiting to be released through the dance of self-expression.”

Wurramara hits her high in a rousing chorus, channeling wonderment, awe, and dashes of envy into a sonic and spiritual climax:

And when she walked, she left a bitter sweet taste
How people followed must to get a gaze
I must admit, I was a little bit salty
I must admit, I was a little bit salty
She’s so enchanting magic woman dancing
She’s so enchanting magic woman dancing

It’s a cathartic eruption for artist and audience alike, and one that fills the ears and soul with warm invigorating light.

"Magic Woman Dancing" - Emily Wurramara music video still
“Magic Woman Dancing” – Emily Wurramara music video still



Wurramara, who chose to release this song on her 28th birthday, sees this as the beginning of her next chapter as an artist.

After all, it’s now been six years since her breakout debut album Milyakburra, which was nominated for Best Blues and Roots Album at the 2018 Aria Awards, and won the 2019 Australian Independent Record Awards (or AIR Awards) for Best Blues and Roots Album. Much has changed for her in the past half-decade since then, from the highs and lows of worldwide exposure and travel to the birth of her daughter.

“I feel like this song opens up a whole new world for my listeners; it definitely feels more me, more deeper,” Wurramara smiles. “The stories I would usually tell are also coming from another perspective, there’s this growth and maturity in my songwriting.”

“I hope that my listeners take away from this song a feeling of liberation, self-acceptance, and forgiveness. I started writing it when I was in high school so I feel like as a person so young writing about such deep feelings, this song has made me feel more brave to speak the truth, to call myself out on things, it can be hard to forgive and accept, sometimes bittersweet, but there’s so much liberation when you truly do.”

Emily Wurramara © Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
Emily Wurramara © Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore



“Magic Woman Dancing” arrives alongside an epic fantasy-style music video courtesy of ARIA Award-winning director Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore. Filmed in Lutruwita, home of the Palawa people – where the trees are currently under threat of logging – the film features Wurramara alongside her mother and lifelong traditional spiritual dancer Angela Wurramara, her partner Kai Mason, and MakeShift Dance Collective founder Gabe Comerford.

“I’m taking people on a visionary journey, and this woman/person/entity who my friend Gabriel plays starts that journey,” Wurramara explains. ” I wanted to play a character and not be the main person. I want them to take away some sort of feeling of liberation, some sort of safety in expression, to dance and let go. To sit and take in the scenery we were so blessed to film in. To be in awe, wonder, fascination and then to ask themselves those hard questions. I want to provoke thoughts about the power that comes with accepting yourself.”

“I think the environment in Lutruwita is absolutely beautiful,” she adds. “I wanted people to see that, why I love it so much down here and why it is so important to protect. This is the third film clip I’ve filmed and I’ve never had such a big crew before, it was a bit surreal – very much a community effort. I also wanted there to be some small references to my cultural identity, as well as me as a person. I wanted to showcase my friend Bindimu’s art as well – she made the dress, jewelry, and weaved hat my mum is wearing in the film clip.”

If “Magic Woman Dancing” is indeed the beginning of a new era for Wurramara, consider us all-in from the start: Bold and breathtaking, this song and its cinematic accompaniment have a way of getting underneath the skin as the artist captures the unparalleled beauty, and power, of a soul unleashed.

And when she walked, she left a bitter sweet taste
How people followed just to get a gaze
She’s so enchanting, magic woman dancing
She’s so enchanting, magic woman dancing

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