Music video based on an Indigenous art festival launched in Waterford

Forrestfield hip hop artist Josh ‘Flewnt’ Eggington and Dumbartung executive officer Robert Eggington.
Forrestfield hip hop artist Josh ‘Flewnt’ Eggington and Dumbartung executive officer Robert Eggington.

A MUSIC video inspired by an arts festival in the 90s was filmed around Perth and launched at Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation last week.

Forresfield hip hop artist Josh ‘Flewnt’ Eggington launched the music video to his song ‘Kya Kyana’ at Dumbartung in Waterford on Thursday, November 15.

“It’s based around a poem written about an Indigenous festival, the Kyana festival,” he said.

“It’s important to my people, the message is positive and it’s a song worthy of a video.”

Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation is a Noongar advocacy agency aiming to alleviate the suffering of trauma associated with past government policies and operates out of the old Catholic orphanage, now Clontarf Aboriginal College, in Waterford.

‘Kya Kyana’ means ‘welcome to the ceremonial ground’ and the Kyana corroboree festivals were held in Perth as part of a Dumbartung project in 1991 and 1993.

The music video was filmed in Leederville, Baskerville, Bentley with additional archival footage of what is now Elizabeth Quay.

Mr Eggington said the song was an empowerment of Noongar people and the first verse was based on a poem by Graeme Dixon, a Noongar poet.

“In Noongar culture, we’re stronger than ever when we come together and in unity,” he said.

“My uncle and I are making some cultural songs, and we’ll definitely do more at Dumbartung.”