This production was written, recorded and filmed over 5 days in April 2016 in the remote community of Bourke in far Western NSW. An out come of a Desert Pea Media community project with a group of young Indigenous people enrolled at Bourke High School.
The project came about
through a partnership between Desert Pea Media, Bourke High School and
Outback Division of General Practice.
Desert Pea Media projects
involve a dialogue-based storytelling process that encouraged
participants to analyze 'the real', 'the ideal' and 'the bridge'. In
simple terms this means critically thinking about how to create positive
change for individuals, for each other and for our communities.
information was then disseminated into a narrative structure by local
young people and Desert Pea Media staff - Toby Finlayson and Michael
Graham (aka MC Boomalli), then the lyrics were co-written and recorded.
We then shot a music video over two days all over Bourke and
This project featured the expert musical
direction and production of acclaimed musician and and songwriter Carlo
Santone (Blue King Brown, Nattali Rize) who has since worked with us on a
number of projects. Also featuring session Yidaki from Indigenous
musician Fred Leone.
Further mentoring support came from previous
DPM project participant Michael Graham (MC Boomalli), Kamileroi man who
is now one of the head project facilitators for DPM.
The song is a celebration of survival, resilience, culture and pride and is one of our proudest achievements of 2016.
thanks to DPM resident psychologist Don Finlayson for his input and
project support and to Bourke High School and NSW Outback Division of
General Practice who co-funded the production.
“One of the
greatest gifts we can bestow upon our community is to invest in, and
believe in our children – the results speak for themselves”
NSW Outback Division of General Practice