Curated by Jessie Lloyd, Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and perform a collection of Australian Indigenous folk songs that were performed from 1900 to 1999. It focuses on the Christian mission, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated.
Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music as Jessie connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century. These songs, some largely hidden from the outside world, consist of rare and almost forgotten stories that shed light into the history of our Indigenous people, families and communities.
An award winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a cultural practitioner of Indigenous music and song. Dedicated to the continuation of story and song through the performance of Indigenous music, Jessie has travelled Australia in search of hidden songs to present this rare and unique Indigenous narrative.