Mulka means to hold something without spoiling it. Mulka also means a sacred but public ceremony.
Designed to give young people the opportunity to improve their skills while highlighting a strong sense of culture, the Mulka Project decided to run three hip-hop workshops in 2019.
Two of these focused on engaging teenage boys, and the other saw Mulka Project join forces with The Stars Foundation and QueenMode member Elena Wangurra.
All three workshops resulted in online single releases, and very popular video clips.
Watch North East Coasting
Song-writing & Production Workshop
Professional singer, songwriter and musician Yirrmal Marika and Mulka Project's Sound Engineer Arian Pearson, joined forces to lead a songwriting and music production workshop for Year 7 and Year 8 students from Yirrkala School.
Using their first language of Yolŋu Matha and their second language, English, the class wrote the lyrics for their song and composed a catchy melody to go along with it.
Afterwards, they learnt production techniques in the Mulka recording studio and performed, recorded and produced their composition which they were all very proud of! We think it's pretty awesome too!
Listen to One People by Yirrkala School and Yirrmal
Homeland Schools Production Workshop
The Mulka Project held workshops in music video clip production for students from Laynhapuy Homeland Schools in conjunction with their Youth Program to provide town exposure to students from the remote Homelands of Dhalinybuy, Waṉḏawuy, Gäṉgaṉ and Yilpara.
What a dynamic group of 30 students! The group split into two workshops, with half learning about songwriting and music production, and the others about film making and sound recording.
Both workshops produced video clips, complete with original music composed and produced by the students. All involved also demonstrated excellent teamwork skills, and left with a greater understanding of film and sound production as well as a copy of their amazing work!
Watch Climb Up
Watch Homelands Mana Song
'Raki' (Threads) Creative Workshop
Grade 3 students from the Malwiya Class at Yirrkala School took part in a week-long 'Raki' (Threads) workshop that culminated in a beautiful performance at the Mulka Project, where they experienced playing, sharing stories and creating with thread.
Using the raw materials of wool to 'draw' shapes and pom poms with; streamers to create webs to move through; and straps to make swing and climbing aids to balance upon resulted in some really open, free play sessions to spark the children's imaginations.
It was a follow-up to the creative, play workshop that took place in 2018, with the incredibly talented Cat Sewell and Nancy Sposato from The Ball Room.
From all accounts, it was a truly memorable week with families from the community coming together to celebrate the end of the workshop with the students. What an inspirational workshop!