Mother Mountain Song
Short Black Opera (SBO) works extensively with indigenous and regional communities and now engages with educators and young singers through the Dhungala Choral Connections Songbook. Included in this Songbook is the song Mother Mountain which was written by children from the Yuin communities of Eden, Narooma and Bermagui at a Four Winds facilitated workshop in 2017 with guidance from SBO. The Youth Music Festival will see a special massed-choir performance of Mother Mountain being performed by local primary school children.
In the lead up to the Youth Festival, Deborah Cheetham (AO) led an inspirational workshop at Four Winds with choir leaders from the Far South Coast to help them teach and engage their choirs with songs from the Dhungala Choral Connections Songbook. She also conducted a rehearsal with local young singers at Four Winds of ‘Mother Mountain’ in the week prior to the Festival.
A Short Black Opera
written with local Yuin children
I see you every day Mother Mountain,
Laying on your bed of trees and stone.
Your children are the island and the mountain
Ngajunuga Baranguba, call me home.
Listen to the story of the island,
Baranguba sing your sacred song.
Eldest son of Guluga the mountain
When I see you I remember I belong.
Ngajunuga, longing for the ocean,
By your mother’s side you must be.
Ev’ry time I see you I remember
Just how much this country means to me.