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Singing from the same song sheet

A CHOIR that preserves Noongar language and brings cultures tougher will sing loud and proud in a Fringe World Festival performance next month and the Forrestfield based songsters say new members are always welcome.

In 2011, the Madjitil Moorna won the national Music in Communities Award for Reconciliation through Music, recognising their unique way of making positive social change through simply singing together.

Choir coordinator Joanna Randell said the group used the power of music to try and protect the endangered Noongar language of the state’s south west, and it is pushing to get the message into Perth schools and wider community.

“And what better way to reach a new audience than at the famous Fringe World Festival.” The choir will celebrate 10 years of singing, learning, sharing, bringing cultures together by performing across Western Australia.

Ms Randell said Madjitil Moorna was led by Aboriginal performers and cultural mentors and it was a unique concept.

“People from any background with any level of ability come together to explore language and song and a whole lot more.”

Ms Randell said new members were always welcomed and there was a wonderful bond that tended to develop over time through singing together.

“It’s ever so gentle,” she said.

“We get stories through the songs and you begin to understand the history of Australia through Aboriginal eyes, as they have their own story.

“Everyone’s welcome regardless of their singing ability.

“We’re mostly not Aboriginal but we’re lead by Aboriginal performers and it’s such a privilege to be encouraged whole-heartedly by so many elders.”

Noongar Elder Marie Taylor said she felt honoured so many people wanted to learn the language.

“The choir is made up of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and if anything illustrates reconciliation in action, it’s the choir,” she said.

The choir will sing at The Flaming Locomotive, Injector Room at the State Theatre Centre on Thursday, Feb 2 from 6.45 to 7.45pm.

Ms Randall said the session would be highly interactive, and a bit hilarious, and the audience would come away with a new way of looking at things.

The group practises on Monday nights. For more information or to join the choir log onto http://www.madjitil

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