Putting koort into it

Eastern Reporter - - News -

NOONGAR mu­sic duo Guy Ghouse and Gina Wil­liams (pic­tured) will be rais­ing aware­ness at a cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional per­for­mance at Cyril Jack­son Se­nior Cam­pus.

The gui­tarist and singer, who are known for per­form­ing con­tem­po­rary songs in Noongar lan­guage, will be putting on a show at the cam­pus for the first time on Au­gust 22.

Ghouse said the songs fo­cused on four prin­ci­ples: koort (heart), moort (fam­ily), boodja (land) and koor­langka (chil­dren and le­gacy).

“Gina per­forms songs from each prin­ci­ple and ex­plains the back story to each song so that there is an un­der­stand­ing as to ‘why’ we do what we are do­ing,” he said.

“Hope­fully, (we can) pro­vide the lis­ten­ers with a greater un­der­stand­ing, some lan­guage and aware­ness they can take away with them.

“We are cur­rently work­ing on longer-term song­writ­ing work­shops, in­cor­po­rat­ing lo­cal lan­guage into new and ex­ist­ing school songs.

“To do this, we are seek­ing part­ner­ships with the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.”

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