NGAMBALA WIJI LI-WUNUNGU - CD LAUNCH - Borroloola June 2012
On Thursday 28 June, the voices of Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen and their families rang out across Borroloola as they performed songs from the two CDs that comprise Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu – Together We Are Strong.
Leanne Norman, who welcomed the audience in Yanyuwa, affirmed the significance of the album launch: ‘After talking and dancing, I felt really strong and proud.’ And Shellie said, ‘My people brought me home.’
On behalf of Shellie Morris, the Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji families, and the Song Peoples Sessions team, we would like to thank all the organisations and individuals who supported this project for their invaluable contributions to Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu. It’s a wonderful journey that is continuing on, with a performance at the Darwin Festival on 12 August.
The album is now available for purchase from Barkly Regional Arts in Tennant Creek, and from Waralungku Arts in Borroloola. Play it loud!
The Song Peoples Sessions and Shellie Morris were reunited with the Borroloola Songwomen for the long-awaited CD launch of Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu - Together We Are Strong.
A busy week ensued with many reunions, rehearsals and preparations for the concert.
A big thank you to Minister Malarndirri McCarthy, Barkly Regional Arts/Winanjjikari Music Centre, Waralungku Arts, Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Association, Li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Ranger Unit, St Ignatius College - Riverview, McArthur River Mine, Scully Fund, Fred Hollows Foundation, NT Department of Education and Training and the Roper Gulf Shire Youth Centre for all their support in helping with the week’s activities.
Thank you to the local audience of approximately 400 people who turned out to celebrate the proud occasion.
This chorus is a rough cut of Li-Anthawirriyarra a traditional/contemporary collaboration born from saltwater people their Yanyuwa identity and connection to the country. It involves the traditional singers, Shellie Morris and children from Borroloola .
Shellie Morris, the Yanyuwa Songwomen and the Gondwana Children’s Choir perform ‘li-Anthawirriyarra’ at the Sydney Opera House for the DEADLY AWARDS 2011. (Photos courtesy Vibe Australia and Heidi Riederer.)
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The Song Peoples Sessions is a collaboration between traditional and contemporary Australian Indigenous musicians to support the protection of intangible cultural heritage and maintenance of Indigenous languages and traditional song cycles, creating new forms of musical cultural expression.
The outcomes will include archival materials of traditional Indigenous music and commercial releases of the collaborative recordings between contemporary and traditional Indigenous musicians.
This project is first being delivered in the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory through Barkly Regional Arts and the Winanjjikari Music Centre funded by the Australian Government Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records Program and the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training and the McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust, Arts NT, the Scully Trust and the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Executive producer and project concept: Patrick McCloskey
Music producer and audio engineer: Tim Cole
Production manager: Karin Riederer
Music industry trainer: Mark Smerdon
Photographers: John Skuja, Sandy Edwards, Tim Cole, Karin Riederer, Gary Warner, Patrick McCloskey, Mark Smerdon, Benjamin Bayliss, Mike Longton, Heidi Riederer