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Release Date: 05/24/2023

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On Sunday mornings, women gather at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Woolgoolga, New South Wales, to pray and cook food for their community. They sing these devotional songs to bless the food they make. These songs came from the first langar (community kitchen of a place of worship) in India, which began in 1469.  

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Tamer Tarik Taskaya grew up in Corum and Ankara, Turkey. He chose to migrate to Australia in 2010 to avoid military service in Turkey. Nikriz Peşrev is a classical Ottoman song, composed by Ali Ufkî in the 1600s, that Tamer has arranged to be played on the cello.

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Iosefa, Tautala, Semi and Diane learnt the song Tele l'a ole Sami while growing up in Samoa. Their performance was recorded in Griffith, New South Wales. This popular Samoan song was composed in 1954 by Napoleon Tuiteleleapaga, Ray Evans and Jay Livingston.

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Dr Salvatore Rossano is from the region of Apulia, Italy. He composed Tarantella Dell’emigrante on the accordion while completing his National Folk Fellowship on Italian folk music at the National Library of Australia. This song is inspired by the stories and traditions of migrants from Calabria, and is dedicated to those who have left their homelands for a better life. 

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Hopes and Fears - 'Seni Mokosoi' show art Hopes and Fears - 'Seni Mokosoi'

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Newlyweds Radije and Eta Qereqeretabua relocated from Fiji to Australia in 1966 after Radike was awarded a scholarship to study librarianship. While living in Australia, they did live performances of traditional Fijian folk songs, such as Seni Mokosoi. 

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Oscar Jimenez grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia. He migrated in 2000 for his tertiary education and continues to work in Australia as a musician. His original song, Isabela, was composed in 2004. It is dedicated to his family in Colombia, specifically his niece Isabela, and explores how distance can help us appreciate our roots.

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Zuhir Naji is from Damascas, Syria. He ran a music school before leaving Syria with his family in 2013. The Naji family lived in Jordan for three years before coming to Australia as refugees. Thank you Australia is an original composition, played on the oud, that Naji has performed at Government House.

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Hopes and Fears - 'Bāng Chhun-hong (Spring Breeze)' and 'Ú lā Hoe (Rainy Night Flower)' show art Hopes and Fears - 'Bāng Chhun-hong (Spring Breeze)' and 'Ú lā Hoe (Rainy Night Flower)'

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Kim Yang is from Taipei, Taiwan, and migrated to Australia in 2012. Bāng Chhun-hong (Spring Breeze) and Ú lā Hoe (Rainy Night Flower), performed by Yang, are love songs composed by Taiwanese Hakka musician Teng Yu-Hsien in the 1930s. Both were adapted into patriotic songs by the Japanese military during World War II. 

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Ihor Kushnir was born in Adelaide to a Ukrainian father and Belarussian-Ukrainian mother. He plays and teaches the bandura, a Ukrainian string instrument. Dume is a traditional piece that Kushnir has arranged on the bandura for his band the Yellow Blue Bus.  

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Christian Ramilo, nicknamed Bong, was born in Manilla, The Philippines. He wrote Hanap Ko in 1983 during the martial law period under President Ferdinand Marcos. Hanap Ko (What Am I Looking For) is about searching for strength to continue his activist work against the Marcos dictatorship.  Christian migrated to Australia in 1986 and was granted residence on humanitarian grounds.  

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Further Reading/References 

Articles by Anna Blackwell: trove.nla.gov.au/collection/bold-types/newspapers/explore?l-pubtag=Anna%20Blackwell 

Articles by Janet Mitchell: trove.nla.gov.au/collection/bold-types/newspapers/explore?l-pubtag=Janet%20Mitchell 

‘Continental Gossip’, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 April 1888, p4, nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13683769 

‘Continental Gossip’, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 May 1882, p9, nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13511422 

‘Continental Gossip’, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August 1883, p3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13540806 

Government Bank Thrift Organiser Janet Mitchell, New South Wales, c.1930, nla.gov.au/nla.obj-160439900, nla.gov.au/nla.obj-160439618  

Janet Mitchell,Spoils of Opportunity: An Autobiography, London: Methuen, 1938, nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2410449 

Anna Blackwell, Poems, London: John Chapman, 1853, nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2063990