This production, along with two short films, was created over 14 days in June 2019. It is an outcome of a unique, collaborative creative process with Desert Pea Media artists, local Indigenous young people, community members, Elders, local health services, and staff from Kuranda High School.
This production won the Community Music Clip of the Year category at the 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards.
Welcome to Kuranda, where the beat drops in the treetops
Where we rock with green tree frogs, and the gunyarra (crocodile), them big crocs
This is hip hop from Kuranda, where the Barron meets the sea
Where we smell curry and campfire get ready for a big mad feed.
Cultures in my veins, my history's in my bloodline
This knowledge is in my brain (yep) my story’s within my songline
Keep our culture alive (brrrr) guri buga djunal (good morning) - one time
Young and bright in the streets light and sunshine
We them deadly Bama ngungi (mob) coming up from Djabugay country
Ya, Indigenous mob, yabbas (brothers), Djidgas (sisters), bunjis (brother-in-law), murri’s
Home of the budajjii (carpet snake) (AY), guyu (fish) (AY), bundarra (cassowary) (YAH)
Our creator Bullurru (creator spirit), dulbil (wallaby), gangla (kangaroo), djama (snake), Gunyarra (crocodile)
Bringin’ this culture, back on the track, we Djabugay - BLACK, Regage - RAP
KDA, him again? TG, can’t get much better than that!
With my family at my side, strong love that you can’t hide, see?
You can’t deny that strength that I get
With my ancestors behind me.
Bulmba bulurru (Home of the creator)
Boonda bana wurru (Mountains and running water)
Budajji bundarra (Carpet snake, cassowary)
Bama ngungi Tjunburru (Our people follow your path)
We got fighting on the streets, my people dropping like leaves
Better believe this grog and ganja come from trauma and grief
What’s beneath? Where the relief? We got too much pressure to measure
All the mob from four communities gotta come back together
Anxiety and depression - inside of me got me stressing
Sometimes and second guessing and fighting my self expression
Now listen to the definition, ‘What ya missin’ on this mission!’
We can lessen the stress if we learn one simple lesson (and stick together forever)
Harmony in our community unity for you and me,
education is truly key if it is truth you seek
People stream on screens but we believe in dreaming by creeks and greenery
Don’t be a scheming demon - we beamin’ peace in this scenery
Opportunity, strong community, gotta go make that change
Because you can heal yourself, you can heal yourself from that pain
That shame, you can break that chain, you gotta lift your game
You gotta grab that mic, sing your song till everybody shout your name.
24 JanCommunity of Practice 24/01/2022 12.00pm- 1.30pm Online Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Child protection and disability workers, Child safety staff, Community-based child and youth focused organisations, Healthcare professionals, Indigenous peoples' organisations