On the 3rd of July The Murru Band, from Roebourne, performed and presented workshops in year 8 and 9 S&E classes. The performance, the only one in Perth is part of the Yijala Yala Project.
The Yijala Yala Project has brought together some of Australia’s most celebrated Indigenous singer-songwriters and talented non-Indigenous blues, folk and alt-country aficionados to work with prisoners and community members from Roebourne. Throughout 2013 professional musicians and singer/songwriters were invited to collaborate on song-writing with prisoners and community members to write and record tracks for MURRU. The music is the result of over two and a half years of collaborative workshops in the Roebourne Regional Prison and the community.
The album is a tribute to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of 16-year old John Pat in a police cell in Roebourne on the 28th September 1983.
This energetic, entertaining performance and workshop gave students and teachers an insight into the project and into some of the issues confronting indigenous people today.
The drummer and main spokesman, Dudley said “imprisonment [is seen as] a simple part of life in the town of Roebourne, it’s almost fashionable to have been in prison.
The goal of the Murru program is to teach people of the serious reality that 50% of young people in Juvenile Detention in Australia are indigenous.”
By Kaleb Guard
For more information see http://www.yijalayala.bighart.org/murru/.
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