KDA Crew - 'Djabuganydji Bama'

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Description Desert Pea Media is very proud to announce a new collaboration with the Djabuganydji community of Kuranda in North QLD.

This production, along with two short films were created over 14 days in June 2019 - an outcome of of a unique, collaborative creative process with Desert Pea Media artists, local Indigenous young people, community members, Elders, local health services, school staff and other community members.

Part of a major DPM initiative called 'Break It Down - Community Conversations Around Wellbeing' - funded by North Queensland Primary Health Network. The overall purpose of the project was to facilitate an important, inter-generational conversation about social and emotional wellbeing for Indigenous young people.

Desert Pea Media projects involve a dialogue-based storytelling process that encourages participants to analyse 'the real', 'the ideal' and 'the bridge'. In simple terms this means critically thinking about how to create positive change for yourself, for each other and for our communities.

The DPM team is deeply honoured to share, create and build connection with these incredible, talented, resilient group of young people. The entire Kuranda community is very special to us and we are truly grateful for the connection, trust and friendship that has evolved from this process.

These projects not only uplift and inspire audiences and community members, but everybody involved. These friendships and experiences are deeply valued and respected.

Djabuganydji Bama was produced Desert Pea Media's in-house Music Producer Josh Nicholas (aka Hazy). We thank you brother for your artistic vision and awesome work.

Special thanks to Melina Clarke and Kelli Craig for your hard work in making this project possible. Also to Kuranda High School for hosting us and all of the Kuranda community for being proper deadly. Big love.


KDA Crew are Ciolla Riley, Max Alpin, Winston Alpin, Dahskeikky Brim, Rosetta Bulow, Charlie Collins, Drayden Lawson, Nolan Lawson, Chloe Richards, Shakactey Riley, Shyriah Williams, Shemaiah Kendrick, Haily Dorante, Amanda Crosbie, Sheree Donahue, Porta James, Santiago Graham, Caesar Hunter, Delta Wason, Toby Finlayson, Coedie McCarthy

Toby Finlayson - Project Director/Co-Writer/Co-Facilitator/DOP Coedie McCarthy - Co-Writer/Co-Facilitator Josh Nicholas - Music Producer/Co-Writer/Co-Facilitator Grace Newell - Production Coordinator/Photographer Roy Weiland - Editor/Graphics/Grading David Nicholas - Audio Mixing Darren Ziesing - Audio Mastering - Rachel Rowe - Business Manager – Belle Arnold – Projects Manager


Welcome to Kuranda, where the beat drops in the treetops
Where we rock with green tree frogs, and the gunyarra (crocodile), them big crocs
This is Hip Hop from Kuranda, where the Barron meets the sea
Where we smell curry and campfire get ready for a big mad feed.

Cultures in my veins, my historys in my bloodline
This knowledge is in my brain (yep) my story’s within my songline
Keep our culture alive (brrrr) guri buga djunal (good morning) - one time
Young and bright in the streets light and sunshine

We them deadly Bama ngungi (mob) coming up from Djabugay country
Ya, Indigenous mob, yabbas (brothers) , Djidgas (sisters) , bunjis (brother-in-law), murri’s
Home of the budajjii (carpet snake) (AY) guyu (fish) (AY) bundarra (cassowary) (YAH)
Our creator Bullurru (creator spirit) , dulbil (wallaby), gangla (kangaroo), djama (snake), Gunyarra (crocodile)

Bringin’ this culture, back on the track, we Djabugay - BLACK, Reggae - RAP
KDA, him again? TG, can’t get much better than that!
With my family at my side, strong love that you can’t hide, see?
You can’t deny that strength that I get
With my ancestors behind me.

Bulmba bulurru (Home of the creator)
Boonda bana wurru (Mountains and running water)
Budajji bundarra (Carpet snake, cassowary)
Bama ngungi Tjunburru (Our people follow your path)

We got fighting on the streets, my people dropping like leaves
Better believe this grog and ganja come from trauma and grief
What’s beneath? Where the relief? We got too much pressure to measure
All the mob from 4 communities gotta come back together

Anxiety and depression - inside of me got me stressing
Sometimes and second guessing and fighting my self expression
Now listen to the definition, ‘What ya missin’ on this mission!’
We can lessen the stress if we learn one simple lesson (and stick together forever)

Harmony in our community unity for you and me,
education is truly key if it is truth you seek
People stream on screens but we believe in dreaming by creeks and greenery
Don’t be a scheming demon - we beamin’ peace in this scenery

Opportunity, strong community, gotta go make that change
Because you can heal yourself, you can heal yourself from that pain
That shame, you can break that chain, you gotta lift your game
You gotta grab that mic, sing your song till everybody shout your name

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