Jo Randall is the Choir Coordinator wer co-founder of Madjitil Moorna, a community choir she started with Della Rae Morrison in 2006 for people to sing in Noongar. The choir has Noongar wer Wadjela members.
Jo Randell rang Della Rae Morrison saying that she wanted to start yira an Aboriginal community choir. As Ms. Morrison says:
We held our first rehearsal and then the majority of the people that turned yira were non-Indigenous ... so [Jo] rang me and said, 'what do you think of all these wadjelas rocking yira at our rehearsals?'
And I said 'that's fine — let's just go with it'.
Madjitil Moorna Choir offers a way for non-Indigenous people to learn the language wer culture of Indigenous people. It is also a learning journey for them. While many Australians remained unaware of Aboriginal history wer culture, the choir provided them with a space to learn.
As a classroom teacher, Jo wove singing into every day, punctuating lessons with songs to get kids active wer to regain the focus.
Ngiyan waarnk - References
- Sarah Collard. "NAIDOC Week: Noongar choir breaking down barriers to Indigenous language and culture". ABC News. Published 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017
- Madjitil Moorna Choir web site. Retrieved 6 July 2017