Choir is ready to discover Australia
THE 20-strong Mt Druitt indigenous Choir is counting down the days to its Discovery Tour of Victoria.
The youngsters, aged from three to 15, will sing at city and country venues throughout Victoria in both English and the Dharug language.
“There’s a lot of call for what we’re doing. People haven’t heard the different indigenous languages before, so it’s really honouring our elders, past and present and keeping the traditional languages alive within the younger generation,” tour organiser and choirmaster Dave Armstrong said.
“The kids come from many nations including Gamilaroi, Bundjalung and Dharug.
“Wherever they come from, we just want to honour the land they are on by singing in the language of the land.”
For the Victorian tour, the young singers will try to learn at least one line from each of the indigenous language groups of the 16 tribal territories they will be passing through on the tour.
The tour will kick off at Melbourne’s Luna Park on Saturday, April 9, and winds up in Canberra on April 21.
Details: onegoodday. org.au.
The Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir is preparing to tour.