Unknown song

Published: Monday 15 August 2005

-- Aboriginal Music Australia

The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in Western Australia has launched its first musical collection: a collection of songs of the Ngarla community. This is the first recording of the language of this community, which lives in the De Grey River area in Western Australia. Wangka Maya's manager, F Haintz hopes it will encourage others to develop their language through the arts.

"People do make music, but recording is of course another story all together," she said. "Wangka Maya's been recording songs for 16 years. But this is the first time that this small reclusive community's music has been recorded. There are barely 10 people who speak the Ngarla language and the recording would given an impetus to the community's traditions," she exulted.

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