The winner of the 2015 Indigenous Music & Media Award is Marcus Corowa. Marcus is an emerging singer songwriter from far north Queensland, who draws on his Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage to create captivating music with elements of blues, jazz and funk. Congratulations also to our finalists - Jeffrey Zimran (of the Tjintu Desert Band) and Kahl Wallis. Marcus, Kahl & Jeffrey all tendered impressive applications amongst a very strong field of contestants.
GREAT NEWS : a Smugglers of Light / Desert Pea Media SONG NATION project has won a National Indigenous Music Award! The winner of the very popular Community Music Clip of the Year goes to ‘Cairns Murri Crew - Built to Last’ produced by Desert Pea Media BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL INVOLVED!! CLICK HERE TO WATCH
"People of the Mountains and the Sea"- Our latest production (in partnership with Desert Pea Media) "This project has provided an opportunity for the youth to explore their identity, connections, respect, resilience and pride within their community." Meaghan Holt - Aboriginal Education officer / Eden Marine High School CLICK HERE TO WATCH
“Rarely in life do ideas become reality, better and more life affirming than the dream. Song Nation 2012 is one such experience, exceeding all expectations.
BRAVO to all our participants this year. Congratulations on your performances and awesomely strong and generous spirits. You inspire us!”
– Janice Loquet Westlake (producer Song Nation 2012)
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Song Nation is an initiative by the Smugglers of Light Foundation, in partnership with Desert Pea Media & Vibe Australia.
In 2011, Song Nation was created in conjunction with students from Ayr State School, St Teresa’s College Abergowrie, Shalom Christian College & Heatley State School in Queensland. The program was devised & delivered by Toby Finlayson from […]
Prior to the 3rd inquest (March 2010) into the death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee (Palm Island Qld. 2004), local lads from Palm Island, Desert Pea Media and The Smugglers of Light Foundation have joined forces in the creation of a vivid commentary on the ongoing difficulties facing the community of Palm Island and the people of […]
My excursion through the archives has unearthed a number of previously unreleased pieces, some from films that may have deserved better attention, and others from films that did quite well at the box office. Beside those scores that now see the light of day for the first time, I have also included a number of old favourites, some of which […]
This song promotes a message of reconciliation and working together for indigenous and non-indigenous communities. It was created by Desert Pea Media with students from Boggabilla Central School in remote north west NSW, as part of their hip hop literacy program.
Smugglers of Light Foundation have supported the production of the song, which is currently getting airplay on […]
In October 2008 Mathew Priestley and Toby Finlayson (artistic directors / Desert Pea Media) invited Joel Westlake to accompany them to Boggabilla on the QLD/ NSW border as part of a research and training initiative to inform and develop potential community programs.
You can check out some of Desert Pea’s previous Hip Hop music clips made with young indigenous communitiesin […]