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Mission Songs Project is an initiative to research and present a collection of Indigenous songs that were composed and performed from 1900 to 1999. Focusing on songs from the Christian missions, Aboriginal reserves and the fringes of township were Indigenous people were relocated.
These songs, some largely hidden from the outside world until now offer a unique window about life on the missions, reserves and the fringes of townships where Indigenous people were relocated. The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that shed light and understanding into the history of our Indigenous communities.
The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice into the twenty first century.
An award winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a cultural practitioner of Indigenous music and song. Dedicated to the continuation of story and song through the performance of Indigenous music. Jessie has travelled Australia in search of hidden songs and lost stories to present this rare and unique Indigenous narrative.
L-R. Monica Weightman, Karrina Nolan, Jessie Lloyd and Robert Champion
Photo by Jordan Tan