[by Cat Swinton]
Jonathan Doolan and the Areyonga Band. Image: supplied
In celebration of the United Nationals General Assembly Year of International Indigenous Language (IY2019), and Australia’s First Nation people, CAAMA Music are proud to announce their release of the Therrka Project supported by the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program and Australian Council for the Arts. They are releasing four EP’s in a series featuring some of Australia’s endangered languages.
Approximately 90 per cent of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dialects are bordering on extinction. In the case of Jingili country there are only five people still speaking this culturally significant language fluently in this region and is represented by Stuart Nuggettin this series.
CAAMA Therrka Projects’ quest is to document, support and revive these languages through music. These tracks will touch you in a spiritually and moving way, drawing from the terra firma and delivering a powerful message from our majestic history.
The Therrka Endangered Languagesmusic series features the following artists:
Jonathan Doolanleads the Areyonga Bandand is an energetic and entertaining front man, accompanied by Rufus, Francis, Stephen, Lowen and Lowrence who are multi talented instrumentalists. He is also the remote indigenous radio broadcaster (RIBS) for the Areyonga region.
The video supporting this EP in language Pitjantjatjarais:
Lemih Thompson started playing music when he was 15 and is a self taught pianist and drummer. He has performed in a number of bands, including lead singer of the Kiwirrkurra Band from his hometown. His Influences draw from the Saltwater Band and Lucky Dube. Friend, bass/lead and rhythm guitarist, Jason Butcher of Tjupi Band and son of the legend Sammy Butcher (Warumpi Band) joins Lemih on this EP. He describes this as one of his proudest moments and wants to take his music to as many people and places as possible!
The video supporting this EP in language:Pintupi-Luritja is:
Ngayuluna (I Am)
Stuart Nuggett has been playing and writing music since he was a child and was taught by his Uncles growing up in Ali Curung, Elliot & Barunga regions. His influences were derived from a number of genres and his band with late best friend FJ, The Storm Riders released ‘Waiting On A Miracle in 2004. A self-taught guitarist, Stuart is passionate about the plight of his people and hopes that through his songs, he can echo and captures audiences from all walks of life.
The video supporting this EP in languageJingili is:
The Williams Family are Damien, Genise and Nicholas Williams. Hailing from Hermannsburg and Alice Springs and influenced by their Golden Guitar winning Grandfather Gus Williams, The Williams Family singers are backed musically by their ‘Hands of Fame’, Tamworth and ‘Red Ochre Award’ NIAA Father Warren H Williams. They were bought up singing and playing music and were influenced by Christian gospel and country music. They have performed as part of the Central Australian Womens Choir and banded together for this project to cover four of their favourite chorals.
The video supporting this EP in languageWestern Aranda is:
Etwalkur’ inthurra ungkwanganga (Nearer, My God, to Thee)
Therrka Endangered Languages Project
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