Song Nation

Filed : Aboriginal Arts, Young People .

An Arts OutWest workshop in Condobolin for the Spread the Word project has led to a fully engineered music track featured on the newly released album ‘Song Nation Vol 1’.

Desert Pea Media has released the first ‘Song Nation’ compilation. The eleven tracks album was released to the public worldwide on July 11th 2014.

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Track 6 is The Condo Crew ft. Roy Peterson – ‘Who I Am’ (Condobolin, NSW)

Who I Am was created over 4 days in Condobolin in Central West region of NSW, on the Lachlan River. This local community campaign was developed with funding from the Department of Health and Ageing via ‘Arts OutWest and our Spread The Word initiative – promoting healthy lifestyle and raising awareness of chronic disease for Indigenous communities in the NSW Central West. The song talks about the necessity to find pride in cultural identity, to learn of your cultural history, and the role of young people to define today’s culture in a proud and healthy way. We pay our respects to the Wiradjuri people.

Read this story in the Condobolin Argus

About Song Nation
Born from the collaboration between two close friends – Desert Pea Media and The Smugglers Of Light Foundation – the ‘Song Nation’ project is unlike anything created in the industry.

‘Song Nation Vol 1’ is a full-length album of original Hip Hop music and online videos celebrating the much alive, vibrant and colourful Indigenous contemporary culture and the new talent found in young people across regional and remote areas of Australia and Torres Straits Islands.

Completely independent and created as the result of the Desert Pea Media song writing workshop process, ‘Song Nation Vol 1’ is a pathway to empower, inspire and enhance dialogue around social change for Indigenous young people and communities across the country.

Our first people have celebrated dialogue through song and dance for thousands of generations. All the eleven ‘Song Nation Vol 1’ tracks want to embrace this heritage and become the way through which modern social issues can be broken down and young people encouraged to become leaders, role models and respected voices within Australia’s modern culture.

‘We’re hoping to demonstrate to young people that their voices are relevant and their stories important; that they have the capacity to shape their own future and that people are listening; we’ re hoping to demonstrate to communities that their young people are proud of their cultural heritage and in their stories and voices is held the hope for the future of Indigenous Australia.’ – Toby Finlayson, Desert Pea Founder

Download the album

Read the Rolling Stone magazine summary of each track and hear the tracks online