Occasionally, something comes your way – out of the winter chill, down a long road, whipped up by summer storms and whirly whirlies big enough to carry your humpy or your sombrero away – and you know that there’s still a chance that dreams can be built on songs, rather than breaking upon the walls of laws that are sown upon the wind. RUSSELL GUY reviews Sing the Song: The Essential Neil Murray.
It's fun, moving, full of optimism and high energy: a video clip made by Year 11 Indigenous students at Centralian College has won a national competition, earning $15,000 for their school. As with all the high schools in the CREATivE CHANGE competition, they based their entry on the Warumpi Band’s Blackfella/Whitefella, developing an original rap and using Garage Band to create their own backing track. The lyrics are simple but meaningful: "We're singing together / we're making life better ... We are all one mob / we all need an education / we all need a job / across this great nation ... " KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Among the students involved in the clip are (from front) Ashley, Lavina, Lemona and Shania.