Blind Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has been refused a taxi for racial reasons after a gig in Melbourne, his manager says.
The singer is on tour with Missy Higgins and was refused a taxi after performing at the Palais Theatre on Tuesday night, his manager Mark Grose says.
'After the show I went out and hired a taxi and got the taxi driver to come down and stay (at) the door,' Mr Grose told ABC radio on Wednesday.
After Mr Grose collected Yunupingu and his partner, the driver refused to take the fare.
'The taxi driver looked at him (Yunupingu), said no, locked the car and drove off,' he said.
'I was absolutely gobsmacked by it.'
Mr Grose says he saw no other explanation for the refusal, other than the singer's race.
'He just looked at the colour of his skin and said that's it,' he said.
Mr Grose said Yunupingu had been refused taxis in Sydney and Darwin and racism was a common experience for black artists.
'Like most Aboriginal people that we work with they've experienced these things before and they're less shocked than we are,' he said.
'You sit there absolutely heartbroken for them.'
As well as being blind, Yunupingu suffers from a complex chronic condition that affects his kidney, liver and heart and requires constant medication.