Karijini an Experienceof cultural connection

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse perform at the Karijini Experience in 2018.
Camera IconGina Williams and Guy Ghouse perform at the Karijini Experience in 2018. Credit: Elly Lukale/Elly Lukale

Those in attendance at this year’s Karijini Experience will be blessed with musical majesty as Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse take to Kalamina Gorge to perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Williams and Ghouse performed at Karijini last year and the response to the few songs they played with WASO was so overwhelming they decided to create a totally new work.

“We’re writing pieces with the view of them premiering with the string quartet in the gorge,” Williams said.

“We’re really excited. We had such a wonderful time last year, and everyone was so incredible, so we’re super-keen to come back.”

The pair are excited to perform at Kalamina Gorge, with Williams saying it is her favourite part of the park because there is a beautiful waterfall, an intimate setting and it is easy to get in and out of.

“I feel really privileged to be welcomed by the local mob and elders, but also to be able to see the cultural connection that the traditional owners have to the area,” she said.

The two talented artists perform songs in the Noongar language, from the South West of WA, making their performance a unique experience as there are only 400 speakers of the language left.

“Less than 1 per cent of the Noongar population identifies as a language speaker,” Williams said. “I hope people are not put off that we sing in a different language, because storytelling connects us.

“It shows us the things we have in common outweigh the things that separate us.” Their performance for Karijni is called Koorlangka, which means children, and is about legacy.

It’s not a kids’ concert but is about storytelling, lullabies and beautiful melodies.

“I hope people enjoy 90 minutes of stunning music and solid storytelling. I hope that people leave us with a sense of being nourished and thinking ‘I really wasn’t expecting that’,” Williams said.

She said the Karijini Experience did not compare to anything else in the world.

“It’s one of those things, if people haven’t already, they should put it on their bucket list,” she said. “It’s a beautiful, gentle way to see the terrain and have an authentic experience that incorporates food, culture, dance, music in what is possibly the most specular scenery in the world.”

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