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My Island Home Project CD – Production starts

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My Island Home Project Compilation CD

The music has just returned from the USA where it was Mastered at SAGE Records and the button has been pushed to start Replication with Implant media in Melbourne.  Only 14 songs have made the cut from a possible 19 and the CD is due for release in early October on Thursday Island.

The songs have been recorded and produced by Ben Hense and Mike Justice and will be played throughout Australia when we launch back on Thursday Island as a part of TSIMA’s 30th Birthday Celebrations.

Music will be available through Soundcloud, details to follow.


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My Island Home Project

It’s been a huge week up on Thursday Island for the My Island Home Project.  21 emerging artists from throughout the Torres Strait converged on Thursday Island for a week of mentoring in songwriting and recording with mentors Neil Murray, Mau Power, Mike Justice and Ben Hense.  The Project takes it ‘s name from the original song that Neil Murray wrote back in the 80’s when he was with the Warumpi Band.  My Island Home as you know has had a number of covers done, one of the latest being that of Patrick Mau or Mau Power with his organic hip hop beats which celebrates his connection to culture and community. Together with the Meridian Nights team of Mike Justice and Ben Hense, the artists developed their skills to write and record a song for the My Island Home Project album.

Due to launch in late September, the My Island Home Project CD will showcase the talent within the region and celebrate a sense of belonging to our Island communities and the seas of the Torres Straits.  Find out more by going to the My Island Home Facebook page where you can hear some of the songs from the artists as well as view  beautiful photos from the week.






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My Island Home Project

Don’t think my feet have really touched the ground yet, what a week, just amazing the talent of the Torres Straits!!  I was blown away from the dedication and focus of the mentors, participants and how the whole week transpired.  So very proud.

Early Sunday afternoon we got thrown a major curve ball but quickly resorted to Plan B and C.  Got to think quick when working remotely and in community. We remained on track despite this and got to work getting to know the participants and establishing a baseline and structure for each artist for the week ahead.  Mura Kosker was just brilliant for that grounding and support without question.  Big shout out to our sisters on the Rock for holding ground and giving us an anchor.  My sincere and truest love to you all.

As the week went on, we got down to business, writing, connecting and developing our expression for our culture and place.  The artists were incredible and before long, everyone was collaborating and value adding to each others material.  Before long it was Friday and we were gearing up for our FREE Community Concert at Port Kennedy Hall.  With over 300 people showing their support, the night ran smoothly with the showcase of talent and creativity of the week that was.  At the close, a steady shower of rain appeared from nowhere.  It was the ancestors giving their blessing and letting us know that they were with us and supporting us.  Yagar!!  Goosebumps.

Early the next morning, Neil Murray and Patrick Mau – Maupower, boarded a small plan to drop off some of the Outer Island mob and flew on to Mer, birthplace and resting place of the great man himself – Koiki Mabo.  Native Title was born in the Torres Strait and paved the way for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since.  Seemed fitting to finish off the week this way.

Now busy developing the post production side of things, graphics for the CD, fine tuning the songs and getting final approval from the artists.  We aim to launch the CD on Thursday Island late September and aspire to have the My Island Home Project songs heard throughout mainland Australia.  I’m so inspired by the team I worked with and what we together created.  With the support of the Traditional Owners, Elders like Aunty Cessa Nakata (Mills Sisters) and Uncle Seaman Dan, coupled with the emerging talent and next generation, the sounds of music, culture and language is in good hands.  Congratulations to the 20 My Island Home Project artists.  Strong, proud and deadly


My Island Home Project Announcements

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My Island Home Project

Things have been very busy in the lead up to the My Island Home Project.  Kicking off in just 16 days, the My Island Home (MIH) Project will see 23 people come together from throughout the Torres Straits and Cairns to be mentored by Neil Murray, Patrick Mau aka. Mau Power, Mike Justice and Ben Hense in a songwriting and recording workshop.

Kicking off Sunday the 9th of August , the MIH Workshop participants and mentors will gather for a Blessing and feast, then Monday the 10th of August, it’s straight into the workshops at Gab Titui Cultural Centre.  On Tuesday the 11th of August, we head to Friday Island to continue our workshops and be inspired by the beauty of the Straits.  Neil Murray is keen to co-write with the participants to develop their talent and passion.  Wednesday it’s back to Gab Titui for more mentoring and to put the finishing touches on our material.  Thursday the 13th through to Wednesday the 18th, participants can record their song at the new TSIMA Studios.

On Friday the 14th of August, a FREE Community Concert at the PK Hall has been organised with some of the participants performing along with Mau Power and Neil Murray.  Should be a great night and a wonderful chance to share what we have created.

Join me in celebrating the following participants:

  • Harry Lui
  • Joseph David
  • Lawrence Mosby
  • Patrick Levi
  • George Musu
  • Peter Lyons
  • Patrick Bonner
  • Sylvia Tabua
  • Patty Nakata
  • Marita Sagigi
  • Elsie Seriat
  • Bob Kaigey
  • Jared Noah
  • Jossie Lola
  • Elisha Dorante
  • Maria Passi
  • Rita Kaitap
  • Damien Fujii
  • Jessiah Mabo
  • Pele Savage
  • Katura Samson
  • Noel Repu
  • Jack Bani

We wish all participants the best with this opportunity and look forward to sharing the project with you further.

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