by Michelle White
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Noongar
A magical nursery rhyme video has been created to teach us how to sing one of the world's oldest recorded lullabies, in one of the world's oldest languages - Noongar.
Djinda Djinda Kanangoor is a Noongar translation of the popular children's lullaby Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
The song was recorded by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse as part of CAN's Lullabies project - a music, arts and language program designed specifically to encourage language revival. The last census showed there are less than 450 fluent Noongar speakers left.
"We wanted to honour 2019 being International Year of Indigenous Languages, and what better way, than by sharing this well-known song in the traditional language of the land on which we live," said CAN's General Manager June Moorhouse.
Djinda Djinda Kanangoor will be broadcast on Perth's outdoor screens in Yagan Square, the Cultural Centre and Northbridge iaza. It will also be shared online, along with a song sheet with Noongar Subtitles.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP will join CAN in releasing the video to the public on the Yagan Square digital tower today.
The video was made by a team of emerging Aboriginal creatives, including Director Danni Booth, Editor Jeremy Thompson and Artist Esther McDowell. The film was written and produced by Brendan Hutchen fro VAM Media and filmed fo DOP Darren McCagh and features brilliant performances from young actors Lara and Finlay.
So far, CAN's Lullabies workshops in Midvale Collie, Bunbury and Mandurah have produced more than 30 original Noongar songs.
The new works have been shared through CAN's website and through online services such as Spotify, Soundcloud and Google Play.
The Djinda Djinda video will be uploaded to Vimeo, You Tube, Facebook and Instagram.
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