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Burdiya Mob


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A group of Aboriginal young people in Narrogin are the stars of a music video clip and behind the scenes documentary produced by CAN. They call themselves Burdiya Mob and their song, 'Djarliny', means 'listen' in the Noongar language.

The song was written and recorded during CAN workshops and the video clip was filmed in and around Narrogin, including at culturally significant sites. The music video clip is a celebration of contemporary and traditional Noongar culture and promotes language revival, cultural pride and creative skills development.

Project participant Lionel Whitby said “the song is about listening to Elders when they show us our land and our culture.” The song had its national debut on Triple J and received rave reviews from the station’s hosts.

Through this project, CAN gave the young people access to an incredible line-up of professional artists including singer-songwriter Gina Williams, actor Ian Wilkes, hip hop artist Scott Griffiths, filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger and music photographer Matsu.

Elders and parents in Narrogin were an integral part of the project, teaching the young people cultural practises such as tool making, kangaroo skin tanning, fire making, eco-dyeing, language and dance.

All of the skills the students learnt came together in a music video clip that was produced to showcase their song Djarliny.

Djarliny is about listening to Aboriginal Elders when they are telling you about their land and culture.

Djarliny means ‘listen’ in Noongar, an Aboriginal language spoken in Western Australia.

Under the direction of Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, Noongar teenagers from Narrogin produced a proud cinematic tribute to their traditional culture and contemporary lifestyle. Produced by CAN, the video promotes Noongar strength and resilience through language, dance, music, film and cultural traditions.


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“I think it’s very important because when I was young I didn’t have that, like language and other culture, and for me to find myself I had to learn it all myself and learn and find who I am and where I come from. Reconnecting with my language and my culture was very important to me. I felt empty, now I feel complete.”

- Parent of participant

“Only at the launch could you appreciate the project and its full outcomes. I knew it was about raising students’ cultural awareness and language. It sent tingles down your spine, it got an amazing response it was played twice. The finished product was amazing.”

- Representative, Shire of Narrogin

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