Wired for sound

BEA Ballangarry believes music is synonymous with Aboriginal culture.

"Music is an anchor into our culture," Ms Ballangarry said.

Ms Ballangarry was one of the coordinators of an Indigenous Music Camp in Scotts Head this week.

Would-be lyricists came from all over the Mid North Coast to learn how to turn their ideas, their joys and pains, into words for a song ? and then how to add the rhythms to complete the process.

Nikki Buckshiram, from Forster, said she came because she wanted to learn how to express her ideas in a song. For Keegan Honess, from Kempsey, it was about writing original stuff for his rap band and meeting other musicians.

The students had access to the skills of Rose Pearse, Martin Hailey and Glenn Skuthorpe, musicians and musical producers from Sydney.

In the session this journalist observed, students created a song by brainstorming their ideas and then pulling them randomly out of a pot.

What came out seemed like magic...

"To be black ? Sleepless nights ? It's hard to awake ? How much more can I take."

Renee Williamson, coordinator of Music NSW's Indigenous program, said the the camp aimed at support- ing Aboriginal musicians locally.

"It is important to create networks for Indigenous musicians, so they know who to contact in the industry so they can get recorded and be heard ? as well as their rights," Ms Williamson said.

"There is so much indigenous talent and I want to get it out there."

Singer/songwriter Glenn Skuthorpe plays the Cool Creel Cafe in Bellingen tonight.

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