Running out in Central Australia since 2011, Sista Sounds has been providing a platform for Indigenous women and girls in remote communities to engage with music and storytelling through the medium via a range of workshops and mentoring sessions with mentors from around the country. The grassroots music program facilitated by MusicNT has seen awesome results too, with the long term aim of cultivating a rich music culture helmed by Indigenous women in the Top End becoming more and more of an immediate reality.
Sista Sounds is underway for another year this month, with the first block of workshops wrapping up this weekend. Co-ordinator Anneke Rose has already espoused the excitement surrounding this year’s program – we can’t wait to see what the ladies emerge from the program with.
“We have a very skilled and diverse mix of local and national musicians facilitating workshops, many who have established relationships with the program. We’re also excited to partner up this year with the Alice Springs Public Library for a series of four drop-in workshops, open to girls and women in Alice Springs.”
While this first block is currently taking place in Engawala, the program is soon to travel to Alice Springs next month, hitting up Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the Alice Springs Public Library, Yirara College and Yipirinya School for workshops, before finishing in Santa Theresa in June.
For more information on Sista Sounds, the inception of the Desert Divas and more, head here.