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Language Lived Through Song: Screening and Q&A Session with Rayella
Thu. 30 March 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm AEST
Hidden away in one of the most remote locations in Australia, in the Marlinja Community, NT is Rayella. An Indigenous father and daughter music duo, Raymond and Eleanor Dixon, who write songs that deliver a journey into the heartbeat of Australia’s centre through lyrics that are filled with tales of life and history from the Mudburra people’s homeland.
In the midst of a national tour supporting the Violent Femmes, Rayella will host a screening and Q&A session in Brisbane at the Schonell Cinema on Thursday March 30th at 5pm, which will look at how Rayella approach language revitalization.
This insightful short film gives audiences a glimpse into how Rayella use their contemporary music to maintain their Mudburra language. Listen to Ray and Eleanor discuss their approaches to language revitalization and music writing and watch them teaching the local children their song Warlungka, which is a meta-lesson on Aboriginal learning styles.
Event supporters: The University of Queensland, Barkly Regional Arts, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.