Warranma!

Sing in Language

Warranma! Doors open 1pm B Shed $17 - $19
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Sun 27 Feb at B Shed, from $17 - $19

Presented in association with West Australian Music (WAM) and Nannup Music Festival

Bring the whole family to an afternoon celebrating First Nations language and song. Hear new music that shines a spotlight on ancient cultures as part of a WAM, Perth Festival and Nannup Music Festival initiative to bring regional and remote First Nations artists to festival audiences.

Theona Councillor and Warralgurniya are joined by special guests through the afternoon in this special show which brings together artists from regional WA who are keeping their languages alive through music.

Naaguja woman Theona Councillor from the Mid-West region has immersed herself in her culture and language to sing and write a new album of songs in her native Naaguja Wangga. This language has not been widely spoken in over 40 years and has not been shared in song for even longer.

Warralgurniya (singing) is a cross-cultural musical collaboration born from the language work of Thiinma Elder Peter Salmon, the last fluent speaker of the Thiinma and Warriyangga languages of the Upper Gascoyne region. Expertly weaving contemporary yarns informed by ancient knowledge, Uncle Peter collaborates with musician Rosie Sitorus to craft melodies and musical arrangements drawing on contemporary country, blues and folk influences, as well as his recollection of Thiinma song tradition taught to him by his old people.

Theona Councillor
Theona Councillor is a Naaguja woman of the Bowes and Greenough River area in WA’s Mid-West region - Yamatji Nation country. Through her mother’s bloodline she is connected to the Wardandi and Bibbulmun Noongar clans of the South West region, where the Vasse River runs to the sea.

After starting her career recording gospel songs with the Aboriginal Hedland Ladies Choir, Theona released her debut offering Diamond In The Rough (2001), featuring the single Sweet Black Man, which helped earn her a nomination at the 2001 Deadly Awards for Country Artist of the Year.  Over the next decade, Theona cemented her reputation as one of WA’s best country songwriters and performers, releasing two albums Sweet Black Man (2007) and Cover Me (2013), playing everywhere possible in the West, as well as the country capital, Tamworth.

On a personal journey in recent years, Theona has immersed herself in her culture and language to sing and write a new album of songs in her native Naaguja Wangga, not widely spoken in over 40 years and not shared in song for even longer.

The first offering from her new album is ‘Ngaalija Yangoogoo Yaanaa’ (Come Let’s Walk Together), penned with a sentiment of Australia becoming a united country, tolerant of new cultures and celebrating the uniqueness of our ancient Indigenous cultures. The track was recorded as part of WAM’s Sounds of The Mid West and will be released in March 2021.

 

Warralgurniya
Warralgurniya (‘singing’) is a cross-cultural musical collaboration born from the language work of Thiinma Elder Peter Salmon, the last fluent speaker of the Thiinma and Warriyangga languages of the Upper Gascoyne region of Western Australia. Mr Salmon, an 88 year old stockman and now a WAM Song of the Year Award (2021) winning songwriter, writes lyrics in his mother tongue about his country, his life and the future he wishes for his grandchildren. Expertly weaving contemporary yarns informed by ancient knowledge, Mr Salmon collaborates with musician Rosie Sitorus to craft melodies and musical arrangements drawing on contemporary country, blues and folk influences, as well as his recollection of Thiinma song tradition taught to him by his old people. Musicians Jacqui Cook and Darcy Franz join to make up the quartet of Warralgurniya to bring Mr Salmon’s unique living history to life through music, and to share his mission to preserve his treasured Thiinma language and culture.

Time & Location

Sun 27 Feb

Doors open 1pm B Shed, Access via Peter Hughes Dr., Fremantle

Duration

4hrs

Pricing
    • Standard: $19
    • Friends & Music Members: $17
    • Concession: $18
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