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Noongar pop culture

Presented by Act-Belong-Commit

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Pop music, hip hop and media were used to inspire a group of Aboriginal students from Narrogin to learn their traditional language and write and record songs in Noongar. In 2013, CAN WA assembled a team of professional Aboriginal artists, performers and role models to deliver a language-based community arts workshop program at Narrogin Senior High School.  

Noongar Pop Culture presented by Act-Belong-Commit used contemporary methods to teach teenagers one of Australia’s most critically endangered Aboriginal languages.

Actress and Noongar language advocate Kylie Farmer jumped at the chance to be involved and described the experience as life changing. “This is a town where young fellas are suffering and to give them a bit of their culture back just changed their perspective of who they are as young Noongar people,” said Miss Farmer.

The project culminated in the students translating two pop songs into Noongar and they wrote and recorded two original tracks using Noongar words. The students then starred in four music video clips <link>, which were compiled into a CD/DVD pack, which was launched in Perth on Thursday 10 April 2014 at HQ in Leederville. 

“In the past Narrogin Senior High School has experienced high rates of absenteeism and truancy among Noongar students. There is evidence of increased attendance by Noongar students both during and following previous CAN WA programs,” said Narrogin District High School Deputy Principal Maxine Clark.

Media Coverage

Original source: sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/223205443866/NITV-News-11-April-part-3 NITV: nitv.org.au/

Original source: abc.net.au/news/2014-04-11/noongar-music-culture-students-school-song-language/5385614 

Check out all media coverage on the Noongar Pop Culture project here.

Noongar Pop Culture is a CAN WA project in association with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and part of CAN WA’s Strong Culture, Strong Community program presented by Act-Belong-Commit, Lotterywest, Australia Council and Department of Culture and the Arts.