Wangkatjungka remote community is the home to a large number of talented musicians – a community of approx 150 people has three bands and a handful of solo artists! For this Desert Feet Tour the community came together, inspired by community leader, elder, musician and Honorary Life Member of Desert […]
The Desert Feet team have arrived in Wangkatjungka and already there is a huge amount of enthusiasm and some great musicians ready to teach other community members musical skills. The guys from the Springside Reggae Band are here, as is Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight), ready to spread some good music […]
We think this is a first – Wangkatjungka Community will create their own music-based program to improve mental health in the community – their way, their language, their ideas. Desert Feet have partnered with Murdoch University researcher Dr Petra Skeffington to help guide and evaluate the outcomes. It starts next week!
Week 1 of the June 2017 Desert Feet Tour… We had two missions: run a program at the two primary schools in Newman, and inspire and engage young folks at the East Pilbara Youth Centre after school. Schools Program The brief – blend musical inspiration with some education, add liberal doses […]
Last year some time, Pip, the Community Development Manager at East Pilbara Shire, and his side-kick chased me down as I was driving the Desert Feet Troopy through Nullagine, on the way home from a Desert Feet Tour. They saw the Troopy, busted a U-ey and flagged me down. It’s […]
Our Shire of East Pilbara contact, Pip, had suggested that we let the schools know we were coming to Newman. Maybe they’d be interested in some music/language/culture workshops during NAIDOC week, he said. He’s organised us to be here in Newman for NAIDOC week, culminating in a community concert on […]
What happens when a prominent musician who features in many songs and film clips and photos tragically passes away? In the midst of our grief – who do we need to talk to about the practicalities of questions like – Do we need to remove all content that contains that person’s work from the web? And if so – for how long? I can tell you – this is a very difficult, heartbreaking and intrusive conversation to have. But these things are important and, tragically, we have had to make those phone calls and do those things.
Today we got cracking on making a song with these supercool kids in Nullagine. We had a bit of a think about it – what would be the best thing? We’ve got instruments such as violins, trumpets and that kind of ‘orchestral’ vibe. We’ve also got all the ‘band’ gear […]
We landed in Telfer yesterday, drove 5 hours to get here in Nullagine, slept. TODAY we kicked off the workshops – Louise took the lead, we played music games that broke the ice and teach beat and rhythm skills without you even knowing it! One of my favourite was this […]
It’s Day 1 of the very first Desert Feet Tour School Holiday Program. I’m writing this on the Alliance Airlines flight that services the Telfer Gold Mine FIFO operation. It’s also Day 1 of my first time coordinating a Tour without our star Tour boss Emily Minchin. “Em, what’s the […]