01 Mar SAME DRUM soon to be launched
A group of young migrants from multilingual backgrounds are the stars of a new music video that calls for all cultures living in Australia to be united, accept each other and live in happiness and peace.
We are excited to announce their song, SAME DRUM will soon be launched.
For now you can enjoy the teaser here.
The song delivers a strong message about embracing life in Australia, while never forgetting about where you come from.
Created during a series of workshops with students from the Intensive English Centre at Aranmore Catholic College in Perth. It’s sung in three African languages – Swahili, Dinka and Kinyarwanda – and English. The project was devised by artist and filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger in collaboration with the young participants.
Once a teenage migrant herself, Poppy said she wanted to direct this project to empower young people “My intention was to give new Australians a voice and increase diversity on screen” said Poppy. “This project is a unique opportunity for young people to be leaders in telling their own stories.”
Singer Juk Yuang said that the song, to her, was about acceptance. “I just hope people will accept each other as one, cos we’re all the same, it doesn’t matter where you come from, your culture, who you are, we’re basically human beings” said the 17 year-old who is one of the lead female vocals on the track.
The young participants worked with a team of high-profile artists to create a music video and script for a short film. The team included musician Scott Griffiths, writer David Vincent Smith, cinematographer Matsu, dancer Rita Nita, filmmaker Gemma Parsons and members of South Sudanese wrestling team Western Empire.
The music video clip will have it’s world premiere during Harmony Week, screening on Thursday 15th March at the Catalyst For Change Screening organised by the Youth Affairs Council of WA.
Same Drum is supported by project partners Beyond Empathy, Aranmore Catholic College, DADAA and Community Arts Network and the Australia Council for the Arts.