In celebration of the 2017 NAIDOC Week theme ‘Our Language Matters’, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP) and the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School have teamed up to sing and record a Gooniyandi Language song, which celebrates the culture, language and the proud history of the Gooniyandi people.
The song “Yiyili Mawoolie” is a reworked composition of an old Gooniyandi song written by elders in the 1980s. The song was reworked by the Yiyili senior class with guidance from IHHP, Paul Cox and Frances Dawson.
The release of “Yiyili Mawoolie” also marks the 35-year anniversary of Yiyili Aboriginal Community School, which is based in a small Aboriginal community located west of Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Yiyili is just one of the many Indigenous communities IHHP have worked in since their inception in 2005. IHHP is a unique team of people specialising in hip hop, media, entertainment and the performing arts. The team has extensively worked in Indigenous communities around Australia, developing and facilitating 7-day intensive projects which span dance, music, film, art and culture.
IHHP actively engages Indigenous young people in remote, regional and urban communities, staging hip hop performances and workshops at festivals, conferences and events in every state and territory within Australia. IHHP also deliver a range of health awareness campaigns which use music videos as a tool to communicate important messages about alcohol and drug abuse, anti-smoking, diabetes, ear health, Alzheimer’s disease, mental health and more. Many of the music videos are created in collaboration with local young people and schools in each community.
Throughout the first week of July NAIDOC Week celebrations will continue to be held across the country, commemorating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples. The importance, resilience and richness of ATSI languages will be the main focus of all national celebrations in 2017.
Head here to find out which NAIDOC events are happening in your community this week.