Upbeat Futures

Cultural Treasures of Australia

This week a Duo from Ruido (April and Nitya) performed for a special function. We provided performances and incidental music for a joyous graduation ceremony. These programs assist refugees in learning english and learning to drive. Having a licence has enable women in particular to support their families and get employment. The event was organised by the Wollongong branch of Gymea Community Aid. It was supported by fabulous organisations such as SCARF and Illawarra Multicultural Services.

We sang and played celebratory works on guitars, bamboo flute, soprano saxophone, guitars and hand drum. The music featured Spanish and Latin American works as well as new Muwashshah works. Muwashshah is a blend of Spanish and Arabic, a close relative of flamenco.