Australia's Endangered Song Traditions


6:00 pm

Across the globe, the oral-transmitted song traditions of Indigenous peoples are facing extinction. This loss of song traditions presents a crisis for world society, for which the production of music, like language, is an important mode of human sociality, and for which musical, linguistic and cultural diversity is vital for the future of humanity. This presentation will discuss the state of endangered song traditions in Australia, explore why this is a crisis for local stakeholders and the Nation, and outline recent efforts in trans-disciplinary ethnomusicology to safeguard these traditions for the future.

Joining Dr Treloyn will be Matthew Dembal Martin. Matthew is a Ngarinyin/Wunambal man from the northern Kimberley region of Western Australia and Cultural Mentor at the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. He is an important leader, singer and dancer for junba and wolungarri ceremonies for Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal peoples, continuing the traditions of pre-eminent Ngarinyin/Wunambal composer and singer Scotty Nyalgodi Martin.

Location: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank, Vic.


This event is free and general admission, however tickets are required for entry.

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