PNG & Indigenous Australian singers collaborate

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Collaboration to promote cultural identity, campaign against violence

Indigenous Australian singer, Emily Wurramara is in PNG on a second collaboration with Mereani Masani to participate in a program of activities hosted by the Australian High Commission to promote the International Year of Indigenous Languages and advocate to end violence against women and girls.

Emily and Mereani will participate in cultural identity workshops, mentoring high school students and youth in Port Moresby and Goroka. The workshops are an opportunity to highlight to young people the importance of preserving and promoting languages that form an important component of their cultural identity.

The two will also introduce the ‘No Moa’ video at the PNG 2019 Human Rights Film Festival in Goroka. The video has been used as a campaign tool to raise awareness to end violence against women and girls. 

Emily visited PNG in July 2018 as part of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations hosted by the Australian High Commission. During her visit, she teamed up with Mereani and featured in the song ‘No Moa’ written by Mereani. 

The production of the No Moa track and video is supported by the Australian Government as part of the ongoing campaign in PNG to end violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Feature Pic: Indigenous Australian singer, Emily Wurramara (right) and Papua New Guinea’s very own, Mereani Masani singing at a youth workshop last year.

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