[by Rachel Rowe]
The group have evolved from a storytelling project with local Cunnamulla Elders. The project was funded by Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health (CACH) and Paroo Shire Council:Strong Families Strong Community Program, and facilitated/directed by charity organisation, Desert Pea Media. Image: supplied
South West Murries create Ripple Effect
The South West Murries are a group of incredible young Original Nations artists from Cunnamulla, Queensland. The group have evolved from a storytelling project with local Cunnamulla Elders. The project was funded by Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health [CACH] and Parco Shire Council :Strong Families Strong Community Program, and facilitated / directed by charity organisation, Desert Pea Media.
Their new song 'Ripple Effect' was released this week.
Declan Furber-Gillick from Desert Pea Media said 'The young people from Cunnamulla took to the song-writng yarn with real determination, courage and open minds. With a balanced commitment to their cultural heritage and to mainstream education, Cully kids really know what they can achieve for themselves, their families and their town. For a place that has a pretty rough history for blackfullahs, these kids are an example of community pride. Cunnamulla Dreaming, Cully represent!'
Desert Pea Media projects involve a dialogue-based storytelling process that encourages participants to analyse 'the real', 'the ideal' and 'the bridge'. In simple terms this means critically thinking about how to create positive change for yourself, for each other and communities.
School Principal for Cunnamulla P-12 State School Karen Campbell said the project was an exciting initiative for the school. "It provides our students with a great opportunity to think deeply about their community and culture. It provides them with experience in multimedia, writing, recording and creating videos for an audience far beyond the school and the local community," Ms Campbell said.
The South West Murries are: Jacintha Mitchell, Keeara Marshall, Shakaya Marshall, Poppie Collins, Gypsy Pender, Gary Brown, Charity Jones, Jarell Hooper, Laney Mitchell, Mackenzie Boyd, Lauren Mitchell, William Mitchell, Marlon Munn, Travis McKellar, Loren Mitchell, Quanika Collins, Zane McKercher, Sarah Marks and Oliver Killick
'Ripple Effect' is a bouncy, electro anthem for the Original Nations community of Cunnamulla in Central QLD. The track pushes an agenda of positivity and respect for country and community. It looks at the interconnectedness of Original Nations people, land and story and the huge impact of histor ical events on social and emotional wellbeing for the local community.
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