Indigenous women to share stage with Pope

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An Indigenous women's singing group from Tiwi Island will be making the exciting journey to Sydney to sing for the Pope during World Youth Day.

Northern Territory News reports the group, who are based in Nguiu on Bathurst Island, call themselves Wangatunga and are also known as the strong women's group.

And, while they are in Sydney, the predominantly Catholic group will also perform at the Opera House with their choir-jazz act Ngarakuruwala.

Pope Benedict is expected to draw 250,000 people to Randwick Racecourse in Sydney for the event - and sharing the stage with him will be 15 women from Nguiu.

Musician Genevieve Campbell, who is organising the trip, said the women who will be sharing the stage with the Pope were "rapt" about the invitation.

"It's a huge deal, Sydney's already being turned upside down," Ms Campbell said.

"The thought of being on stage with the Pope is already giving them heart murmurs.

"And singing in front of that many people is a huge leap," she said.

The organiser of the event's opening ceremony saw them sing at the Darwin Festival last year, as part of the Ngarakuruwala show.

Campbell said the women would also be singing a Latin hymn on the day.

SOURCE

Tiwi Island strong women to sing for pope (NT TImes 19/02/08)

 

 

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