Outsiders are often staggered at the musical talent in Indigenous communities.
Groote Eylandt is no exception.
The archipelago has several successful groups, including Poison Whiskey, Salt Lake Band, Mambali and Eylandt Band.
The Anindilyakwa Music Program supports the bands and aspiring young singers and musicians.
Music program coordinator Joewah Wilson says the program is “very privileged” to have abundant resources, such as a new well-equipped studio at Angurugu, and a host of talented musicians, youngsters and adults.
He says the program gives them the opportunity to learn and to nurture their art form.
It also allows them to “share their inner expression” through live performances, audio recordings and filming for music videos.
“It’s all good fun and a great purpose in life,” Joewah says. “The music program is here to service the needs of any person interested in music and dance, contemporary and traditional, from band to church choirs to school kids.
“Music has the power to strengthen friendships, and encourage confidence and leadership qualities, and to give anyone a sense of pride through achievements in something they love.
“I hope the music program brings much joy and helps change the Iives of the many who get involved, helping to nurture talent and culture for future generations.”
An in-school music program runs at Angurugu school on Mondays and Wednesdays, Milyakburra school on Tuesdays and Umbakumba on Thursdays.