Burdiya Mob: mob mentality getting rave reviews


Some of the Burdiya Mob members.
Some of the Burdiya Mob members.

ELLENBROOK actor Ian Wilkes has helped bring to life a music video clip that has received rave reviews from radio station Triple J after it debuted recently.

The clip features a group of Aboriginal youths, who call themselves the Burdiya Mob, and their song Djarliny, which means ‘listen’ in Noongar language.

The clip was produced by the Community Arts Network (CAN) and premiered in Narrogin on Friday night.

It was written and recorded during CAN workshops and the video clip was filmed in and around Narrogin at culturally significant sites.

The music video clip aims to celebrate contemporary and traditional Noongar culture and promote language revival, cultural pride and creative skills development.

Project participant Lionel Whitby said the song was about respecting older generations.

“It is about listening to Elders when they show us our land and our culture,” Mr Whitby said.

The project gave the youths access to professional artists such as Wilkes, who is an indigenous Australian actor, director and dancer.

He has directed several plays, including Yirra Yaakin’s Boodjar Kaatijin and Songbird, and played numerous lead roles, including in Honey Spot, which played at the Sydney Opera House.

Elders and parents in Narrogin were an integral part of the project, teaching the young people cultural practises such as toolmaking, kangaroo skin tanning, fire making, eco-dyeing, language and dance.

CAN’s Burdiya Mob project is funded by the Federal Government through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, which aims to help students and their families better engage with the education system.

To watch Djarliny, go to https://vimeo.com/190683761/ac5b22dc58.

The password for the video is BMobDJARLINY.