UPK#6 - Track 13: Kangkurunya

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Description Lyric Video for Track 13 of UPK#6.

By Jeremy Whisky and Cupa Henry - Indulkana Community
(This is a lament about a violent relationship.)

Poor thing my big sister. Your husband is always beating you.
She keeps her home well and looks after her children.
(Addressing husband) Hey man. Your wife is very loving but you constantly make sadness. Look at the spirit inside her!

UPK stands for Uwankara Palyanku Kanyintjaku; a Pitjantjatjara expression meaning ‘everybody building and caring for the future’.

Using music is an agent of change, the songwriters involved take aim the root causes of hurt they see around them, like petrol sniffing, alcohol and drug addiction, waste management, care-for-country, hunting, and homesickness.

The content of UPK songs is not about blame or victimhood but a musical effort to address the factors that contribute to, or impact on, good living.

Creating awareness is the intention of UPK music because it is the key precedent to positive action.

UPK6 was recorded at West Bore in the APY Lands using an open-air studio with a hessian fence for wind-break, used carpet to keep the dirt down, and digital recording gear housed in the front room of an old outstation home.

The resulting album was released on the APY Lands in the form of a USB slap band containing the whole album, plus a karaoke version complete with scrolling Pitjantjatjara lyrics.

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