Choir is ready to dis­cover Aus­tralia

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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