Some of Australia’s most celebrated Indigenous artists will come together in Roebourne this month to remember John Pat in a special ‘songs of freedom’ performance.
Murru Concert is named for John, whose Aboriginal name was Murru, and the performance will be held to celebrate National Reconciliation Week and recognise the first Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 25 years ago.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Murru Concert is the culmination of an incredible project set to transcend cultures and generations through inspiring community performances.
“Murru is a collaboration between singers, songwriters and the people of Roebourne that celebrates life, community and culture,” Cr Long said.
“Songs are written by prisoners and community members in Roebourne and performed by local and national musicians in a special community concert held in the spirit of reconciliation and friendship,” he said.
“The City of Karratha is very proud to support Murru Concert, a gift to the country from the community of Roebourne. It will truly be an inspirational community event.”
Rio Tinto General Manager Rail Maintenance Jen Mackenzie said the concert was a great way for the community to connect with inspiring Indigenous music.
“We are proud to support an event like this in Roebourne, with the fantastic connection of local Aboriginal culture teamed with the inspirational performers from here and afar,” Ms Mackenzie said.
“I encourage everyone to get along and support this local cultural experience.”
Guest performers include Shellie Morris, John Bennett, Harry Hookey, Lucky Oceans and David Hyams alongside Roebourne musicians Angus Smith, Roy Evans, Patrick Churnside, Tyson Mowarin and Murru Choir Singers.
The Murru Concert will be held at Ngurin Pilbara Aboriginal Centre in Roebourne on Friday 27 May, from 6.30pm and is free to attend.
A week-long program of music and dance workshops delivered by Murru concert and BighArt artists will also be held in the lead up to the community concert. Program detail is available at www.karratha.wa.gov.au.
The Murru Concert is proudly presented by Big hART’s Yijala Yala Project, City of Karratha and Rio Tinto with support from Centurion, Ngarluma & Yindjibarndi Foundation, Australian Government, Australia Council for the Arts, The Cove Holiday Village, Pilbara Motor Group, Onsite and JSS Logistics.