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MADELEINE BRAND, host:

There's another movie out this weekend set not too far from here, on the beaches of Malibu. It's a comedy called "Surfer Dude," starring Matthew McConaughey, of course. It's also the first film from his production company.

ALEX CHADWICK, host:

He actually is a surfer, and he chose a fellow surfer to score this movie, an Australia named Xavier Rudd.

(Soundbite of concert

(Soundbite of crowd cheering)

Mr. XAVIER RUDD (Singer/Songwriter): How are you guys doing? Thank you so much for being here. Appreciate it.

CHADWICK: That's him in a concert last week in San Francisco.

BRAND: He's a beach guy, but when it comes to surf music, not exactly one of the Beach Boys.

(Soundbite of chanting)

Mr. RUDD: It's kind of like, world music, roots, reggae, rock, kind of, with unique kind of instruments, stuff that is mostly handmade. Most of my instruments are handmade. That's probably as best I can explain this. It's hard to explain.

(Soundbite of didgeridoo)

CHADWICK: Xavier Rudd plays a type of didgeridoo called a yidaki, and five other instruments, too, sometimes all at once. His latest album is "Dark Shades of Blue." Here he is on the rhythms of music and surfing and life.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. RUDD: Yidaki didgeridoo has been used in every part of Australian regional culture, all around the country. It's become a message stick for the survival of those people, for aboriginal people and aboriginal culture. That message stick was meant to be there. I'm meant to play it. I'm part of that whole journey.

(Soundbite of song "Guku")

Mr. RUDD: (Singing) I'll hold you up again. I'll hold you up again...

My great grandmother was aboriginal. She (unintelligible) my grandmother to an Irish guy. My great grandmother disappeared, and my father and sisters, they never had any connection with their grandmother. They weren't allowed to speak about her or know anything about her. I've always understood that since I was a child, I have this - an old woman with me, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's our old woman, my great grandmother or my grandmother that travels with me on this journey. There's a big part of what I do, and a big part of the connection with land, and culture, and the spirit of my music.

(Soundbite of song "Secrets")

Mr. RUDD: (Singing) Coming up slowly. Centuries of twisted truths and lies, Coming up slowly. Many people, many places sick and tired, Coming up slowly. You're keeping...

Surf culture and surfing for me are two completely different things. Surf culture has become very - it's a very commercial, competitive thing, fashionable. With all due respect to the "Surfer Dude" movie, I think the "Surfer Dude" movie reflects that, reflects what surfing's become, but I come from a place where the surf industry began.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. RUDD: For me, surfing is as close a connection I can have with Mother Nature. To surf, you're riding a pulse of energy from Mother Nature. And it's strong. It's real. It's there. And you're dancing with that. You're connecting with that. You're might be the only person in the history of the universe that connects with that particular pulse of energy. You might get inside it, you might be covered up, you might be completely enveloped in it, and then it dissipates. And it's gone forever. And you might be the only human being ever that connected with that. And that's very, very powerful.

(Soundbite of song "Home")

Mr. RUDD: (Singing) Streets full of people with trinkets to share, Offering them up for the folks in despair. Beyond Indian crystals and oil for growth Of spirit, and body and mind as we go. Emphasis placed...

I think surfing inspires it. I've written a lot of music when I'm in the water, and from that - the exhilaration of that experience, but to compare would be hard, and I think they're both beyond me, and I can't really - I'd just be talking (beep), to be honest, to try to explain it to you, because I don't think I'm meant to understand that. I'm just lucky to experience it.

(Soundbite of music)

BRAND: That's Australian musician and composer, Xavier Rudd. His latest album is called "Dark Shades of Blue." You can hear more of his music at npr.org. Xavier Rudd spoke with independent producer Martina Castro in San Francisco.

(Soundbite of song "Home")

Mr. RUDD: (Singing) I'm home, home, home, home. Ooh, I'm home.

BRAND: Stay with us. NPR's Day to Day continues.

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