Bassendean: Noongar artists Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse to perform at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse.
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse.

NOONGAR music duo Guy Ghouse and Gina Williams (pictured) will be raising awareness at a cultural and educational performance at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus.

The guitarist and singer, who are known for performing contemporary songs in Noongar language, will be putting on a show at the campus for the first time on August 22.

Ghouse said the songs focused on four principles: koort (heart), moort (family), boodja (land) and koorlangka (children and legacy).

“Gina performs songs from each principle and explains the back story to each song so that there is an understanding as to ‘why’ we do what we are doing,” he said.

“Hopefully, (we can) provide the listeners with a greater understanding, some language and awareness they can take away with them.

“We are currently working on longer-term song-writing workshops, incorporating local language into new and existing school songs.

“To do this, we are seeking partnerships with the education sector.”

He said they were “ultimately passionate” about the language of the land.

“The resurgence of Noongar language is at the very centre of cultural identity, something which has been denied for a very long time,” he said.

“It’s not about ‘going back’ – it’s about identifying relevance in a modern context.

“This language is rare, it’s beautiful and it’s unique to this part of the planet, and it’s Australian history, not just for Aboriginal people to learn.

“So, it’s encouraging that our collective communities here are starting to see that Noongar language and culture is kwobidak kalyakoorl (beautiful forever).”