A SONG SHARING WORKSHOP WITH JOHNNY LOVETT AND YALATA STORYTELLERS
Beginning with a special screening of 'Ngurini' (Searching) in the presence of Yalata storytellers and showing the resilience of an atomic survivor community, the film is viewed inside a large circular arena.
- Go behind the scenes to hear stories form community members.
- Discover ways that stories become film, song or dance.
- Share the 'Maralinga' song written in English and Pitjantjatjara, and help make a new choral version of the song.
- Then join Johnny Lovett and the Yalata Band for their show at 6pm.
JOHNNY LOVETT AND YALATA BAND
Singers and musicians from Yalata join singer/songwriter Johnny Lovett for this country style sing up.
Featuring the recently released single 'Maralinga', which Johnny wrote 40 years ago, in response to news about the legacies of nuclear tests.
Now he has gifted it to the Aṉangu communities. “Johnny Lovett wrote this from his heart, and now it’s a gift that we are happy to accept”. (Yalata musician Keith Peters).
Yalata Band has been making contemporary music around the remote communities for several years, with energy, commitment to the songs, and a sense of humour. 'Maralinga' has been translated into Pitjantjatjara by the Yalata choir, and we all got together in April 2016 in Port Augusta for the recording session. “Retelling stories of the families who moved to Yalata after the bombs is important for our community’s survival”. (Choir member Mima Smart).
Workshop and performance supported by Alphaville Arts Production, the Regional Arts Fund and Country Arts SA.