The Boomerang Did Come Back: A Presentation of Musical Aboriginalia

The Boomerang Did Come Back: A Presentation of Musical Aboriginalia

The Boomerang Did Come Back: A Presentation of Musical Aboriginalia

Ever since Charlie Drake’s infamously racist recording of 1961, little attention has been paid to the much larger body of musical compositions and sound recordings appropriating Indigenous Australian cultures, often in very tokenistic and offensive ways.

Music researcher and record producer Michael Alexandratos will discuss this contentious legacy and play excerpts from rare archival recordings, including Song of the Dijeridoo, Corroboree Rock and Mine Tinkit Gibit Love.

This session will raise further questions and concerns regarding the use of this material and stress the important role that Indigenous artists, musicians and creatives have in engaging with this forgotten area of our music heritage.