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Aboriginal Contemporary Music as Australian Cultural Heritage: The Black Image Band's CD, Beautiful Land and Sea

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The interplay of contemporary music and cultural heritage is of particular salience to Indigenous peoples in Australia. It is not only a major site for artistic expression but also helps embody social memory. This article explores a CD, Beautiful Land and Sea, by the Black Image Band from Aboriginal communities on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, and argues that it is a tangible artifact of cultural heritage. The analysis draws upon Martin's framework of an identity narrative to show how the songs weave notions of the past, space, and culture into their musical expressions of “caring for country,” a key aspect of Indigenous Australian cultural heritage.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-10-01

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