Shan­ice in­vited to sing for hero

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TAL­ENTED Cooya Beach singer Shan­ice Mclean has been asked to sing for blind Abo­rig­i­nal singer Ge­of­frey Gur­ru­mul Yunupingu in a Bris­bane con­cert to­wards the end of July.

Shan­ice, who turns 14 next month, and has been singing since she was five years old, has been cho­sen to sing as part of the Creative Gen­er­a­tion - State Schools On­stage.

Last week­end Shan­ice at­tended a Creative Gen­er­a­tion’s work­shop at the Bris­bane Pow­er­house, in Bris­bane, where she had just two days to learn Gur­ru­mul’s song and learn it in his Yol­ngu lan­guage.

And she sang the song so well that she had many of the other per­form­ers in tears.

“I just loved the ex­pe­ri­ence and to sing Gur­ru­mul’s song called Bapa (which means fa­ther) which was re­ally nice be­cause it’s such a won­der­ful song,” Shan­ice said.

And her proud mum, Natalie, said that Shan­ice had to first ask Gur­ru­mul for his per­mis­sion to sing his song and when we heard back from his peo­ple that she could sing it, and sing it in lan­guage (Yol­ngu) she only had two days to do it!

“Shan­ice hasn’t met Gur­ru­mul yet but she did a fan­tas­tic ver­sion of his song and is now hop­ing to meet him af­ter she sings his song in front of him at the con­cert on July 27,” Ms Mclean said.

Shan­ice, who also plays flute, when asked what her favourite genre of mu­sic was she sim­ply said: “All! I love all mu­sic, oh, and I like to sing jazz.”

This is the eighth year, the most tal­ented dancers, per­form­ers, singers and mu­si­cians from Queens­land State schools come to­gether to stage one of the State’s big­gest per­form­ing arts events.

More than 1500 stu­dents from across Queens­land show­case their tal­ent by star­ring in the pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced show along­side some of Queens­land’s lead­ing pro­fes­sional artists.

Creative Gen­er­a­tion aims to men­tor and foster the next gen­er­a­tion of per­form­ers and pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to work with and learn from pro­fes­sional artists.

And these tal­ented young artists will per­form in four arena-style shows to be staged on Fri­day, July 20 and Satur­day, July 21, at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The show will fea­ture - a 650voice choir, a 65-piece sym­phony or­ches­tra, 800 dancers and tal­ented fea­tured vo­cal­ists, drama per­form­ers and dancers from the ages of five to 18.

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