City of Vincent Naidoc Week celebrations begin July 9

Gina Williams.
Gina Williams.

SINGER Gina Williams will kick off Naidoc Week celebrations in the City of Vincent with a performance on Monday, July 9 at Hyde Park.

Williams performs her songs in Nyungar language and in February released her second album Bindi Bindi with guitarist Guy Ghouse.

Their music is informed by four principles: Koort (Heart), Moort (Family), Boodja (Land) and Koorlangka (Children/Legacy).

William said she explains the back story to each song to provide listeners with a greater understanding, language and awareness they can take away with them.

“I learnt Nyungar language late in life and to me it always sounded like singing. It made sense for me to write songs in Nyungar,” she said.

Mayor Emma Cole said having Williams perform kept with this year’s Naidoc Week theme ‘Because of her, we can’.

“This celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women pays huge respect to the incredible contribution that women make to their communities, their culture and to our country,” she said.

The festival is on from 1.30pm until 4.00pm and includes Welcome to Country with Elder May McGuire, Smoking Ceremony with Vaughn McGuire, Nyungar dance performance with Baldja Moort and headband workshop with Karla Hart.