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Built to Last released to radio stations


The song and music video, Built to Last has been released to radio stations today. This music video is the result of The Smugglers of Light Foundation’s 2013 SONG NATION project, in partnership with Desert Pea Media.

The SONG NATION project was delivered by a crew of industry professionals and mentors with a selected group of Cairns High indigenous students. The music video was written and directed by Toby Finlayson, with audio production and recording by Joel Westlake. Gail Mabo was the choreographer and indigenous mentor for the students. Desert Pea Media was responsible for the filming of the video.

The crew spent three full days at Cairns High with the students creating, recording and filming the musical video. The ultimate objective was realised today with the music video being broadcasted on YouTube and radio stations for viewing and listening by participants and their communities.

Built to Last is a positive expression of current issues and the cultural connection the indigenous students have with their local community. The students benefited by being engaged with the song writing process  and associated aspects of literacy. They were also exposed to basic music composition, recording technology, and film making techniques.

“It’s pretty cool, a really good way to represent my people and our culture”, commented Denzel Kennedy, scholarship Basketball Excellence Program student at Cairns High and another of the group. The lyrics were a collaborative effort from the professional crew and the group of indigenous Cairns High students.

Two of the Cairns Murri Crew students were interviewed by ABC Far North and The Weekend Post, to read more visit the ABC Far North Queensland website and see The Weekend Post article from 14 June 2014.


We build to last

So stomp with me

Sand beneath my feet

Now hear my people speak

Dance to the rhythm of ya heart beat