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SAME DRUM Multilingual music video for Harmony Week

Film maker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger has devised and created a new multilingual music video for a song created by a group of young migrants titled Same Drum. The video is being launched as apart of Harmony Week on Thursday, March 15 at the Catalyst For Change Screening organised by the Youth Affairs Council of WA.

The video calls for all cultures living in Australia to be united, accept each other and live in happiness and peace and the song delivers a strong message about embracing life in Australia, while never forgetting about where you come from.

Musician Scott Griffiths (Downsyde), writer David Vincent Smith, cinematographer Matsu, dancer Rita Nita, filmmaker Gemma Parsons and members of South Sudanese wrestling team Western Empire were also involved in making the video clip.

The song and music video clip were created during a series of workshops with students from the Intensive English Centre at Aranmore Catholic College in Perth. It’s sung in three African languages – Swahili, Dinka and Kinyarwanda – and English.

“My intention was to give new Australian’s a voice and increase diversity on screen” van Oorde-Grainger says of the video. “This project is a unique opportunity for these young people to be the leaders in telling their own stories.”

Singer Juk Yuang said that the song, to her, was about acceptance. “I just hope people will accept each other as one, cos we’re all the same, it doesn’t matter where you come from, your culture, who you are, we’re basically human beings”

Same Drum launches next Thursday, March 15 at the Catalyst For Change Screening. 

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