Shanice McLean hits the big stage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Shane Ni­chols

SEVEN­TEEN-YEAROLDCooya singer Shanice McLean is walk­ing on air, hav­ing been cho­sen from among her fel­low stu­dents at the Abo­rig­i­nal Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts in Bris­bane to per­form the na­tional an­them at the In­dige­nous All­stars rugby league tour­na­ment open­ing on Fe­bru­ary 13.

Shanice, along with four class­mates, will sing the na­tional an­them in Strad­broke Is­land lan­guage, fol­lowed straight af­ter by na­tional pop star Jes­sica Mauboy who will per­form the an­them in English.

“Jes­sica is Shanice’s big­gest idol in the world,” said proud mum Natalie Groth.

Natalie says Shanice has an amaz­ing abil­ity to pick up other in­dige­nous lan­guages – she is a Kuku Yalanji but has quickly up learned other lan­guages, such as pid­gin when she sang with Cre­ative Gen­er­a­tion in the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre some years ago, plus a North­ern Ter­ri­tory lan­guage.

“I don’t know she does it,” Natalie says.

“I’m so proud of her.”

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