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Yamani - Voices of an Ancient Land

by Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee

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"Yamani - Voices of an Ancient Land" is a community project between the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee (QILAC) and Wantok Musik.

Through their work together the members of QILAC have become close friends and found a collective passion for music.

The women decided to each bring a song in their language to share at one meeting. This musical gathering highlighted the importance of contemporary song in sharing language and encouraging family language use.

It lead to a professional recording with award-winning composer David Bride and Wantok Musik Foundation, which aims to empower all Indigenous Australians to sing in their languages.

QILAC Chairperson Joy Bonner says, “We each shared songs in our languages with the others. We sing together in five languages, so we had to teach our language and learn the other four languages. “It has been a wonderful, challenging and joyful experience which truly shows the power for music for sharing language.”


released July 25, 2015

Ethel Munn - Gunggari
Leonora Adidi - Kalaw Kawaw Ya
Joyce Bonner - Butchulla
Bridget Priman - Warrgamay
Melinda Holden - Warrgamay
Faith Baisden - Yugambeh

David Bridie - Piano & Keyboards
Faith Baisden - Guitar
Richard Putnam - Guitar

Producer: David Bridie
Vocal Coach/Assistant Producer: Kristina Kelman
Mixed by: Richard Putnam
Recorded by: Chris Neehaus and Magnus Murphy

Design: John Faunt
Cover photo: Elizabeth Warning
Other photos: Candice Stone & Faith Baisden

With thanks to Artslink, Regional Arts Fund, Indigenous Languages Support, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Tom Dick, Carolyn Barker.


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Wantok Musik aims to generate and foster various cultural exchanges between Australia and our neighbours throughout Oceania by establishing a leading, not-for-profit Music Label representing First Nations and World Music groups of this unique region.

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