Note­wor­thy har­mony

Broome Advertiser - - Broome Happenings - Carly Laden

A project that was 17 years in the mak­ing is set to build mu­si­cal re­la­tion­ships be­tween the Kim­ber­ley and its over­seas neigh­bours.

Tura New Mu­sic re­cently an­nounced the start of The Kim­ber­ley In­done­sia Project, which will fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion and the shar­ing of knowl­edge be­tween Kim­ber­ley and In­done­sian mu­si­cians and aca­demics.

Phase one of the project saw Tura New Mu­sic artis­tic di­rec­tor Tos Ma­honey travel through Broome with In­done­sian eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gist, com­poser and per­former Nyak Ina Raseuki — aka Ubiet.

Along with meet­ing Broome mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Baamba Al­bert and Stephen, Bart and Naomi Pi­gram, the pair also per­formed with the Pi­grams at the Broome Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, fol­lowed by a spe­cial per­for­mance at Mango Jam­min on Sun­day, Novem­ber 25.

Ma­honey said the project be­gan af­ter years of Tura New Mu­sic col­lab­o­rat­ing with Kim­ber­ley mu­si­cians, even­tu­ally find­ing a way to de­velop a wider net­work of mu­si­cians.

“What’s in­ter­est­ing about Broome is its mul­ti­cul­tural her­itage so it was an ob­vi­ous place to be­gin this project with an artist like Ubiet, who re­searches and stud­ies re­mote cul­tures through mu­sic,” he said.

“This is the start of a long process of cul­tural ex­change be­tween In­done­sia and the Kim­ber­ley start­ing with Ubiet’s visit be­fore we take some Kim­ber­ley artists to In­done­sia.

“It will cre­ate a very open, on­go­ing cy­cle.”

Ubiet, who had never vis­ited the Kim­ber­ley be­fore, said she had been learn­ing a lot dur­ing her time trav­el­ling through Broome.

“I have been lis­ten­ing to a lot of the dis­tinct sounds and voices in the Kim­ber­ley for a num­ber of days and it has been very in­sight­ful,” she said.

“I have no­ticed there are a few sim­i­lar­i­ties in the melodies of songs and the way peo­ple speak.

“When peo­ple speak in their own lan­guage, we try to find some­thing in com­mon and it is usu­ally through mu­sic.”

Ubiet has spent the past five years fo­cus­ing on com­mu­nity projects in her home coun­try of In­done­sia and was ex­cited to come to Broome to find pos­si­ble con­nec­tions be­tween the two ar­eas.

Ubiet also met with mem­bers of Broome’s Malay and Filipino com­mu­ni­ties, as the long-term project will in­clude ty­ing all of Broome’s cul­tural in­flu­ences into one project.

Ma­honey said he hoped vis­its be­tween artists will be­come a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence in the com­ing years.

Pic­ture: Carly Laden

Ubiet and Tos Ma­honey per­form at Mango Jam­min at Goolarri Me­dia's Gimme Club.

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