Family and friends of Mandawuy Yunupingu gathered on Sunday (30Jun13) to pay tribute to the late Australian singer at a state memorial.

The indigenous star, who fronted Australian band Yothu Yindi, died at the age of 56 on 2 June (13) after a battle with kidney disease, and more than 500 mourners turned out to remember him at an emotional ceremony in East Arnhem Land.

The service featured traditional dancing, including a performance by Yunupingu's daughters to the Yothu Yindi song Dots on the Shells.

His widow Yalmay Yunupingu, who wore her partner's trademark headband, delivered a speech to thank a nurse who had cared for the star, and she also heaped praise on Yothu Yindi's manager Alan James, who "always got my husband home safe and dry".

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd attended the memorial, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.