Assembly Music

02 January 2018

Each week we listen to different music in assemblies and we learn a little about each piece - the music itself and the musician. Below you can read about the most recent music we have been listening to.


Week 1 (Determination) - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - an Aboriginal musician from Australia who was born blind but found his love of music when he was four years old. His family had very little money and could not afford to get the help he needed to learn. Despite his blindness he was determined to become a musician and taught himself to play the accordion with no help - practising every day. Next he learned the piano and then the guitar and drums. He shared his music both in Australia and around the world.

Video of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu playing his own music

Video of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012 where Gurrumul contributed to the anthem "Sing" (skip to 5 minutes to see Gurrumul)

Week 2 (Aspiration) -  Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo - Somewhere over the rainbow. This song has become an anthem for people all over the world who hope for a better and safer life. The words in the song remind us that dreams can be achieved. The singer in this song is from the tropical island of Hawaii. He is playing the ukulele, which is the national instrument of Hawaii. The singer’s music and his high aspirations of himself and others helped to get Hawaii noticed and create a better life and rights for other Hawaiians.

Video of Israel "IZ" Kamakiwiwo singing Somewhere over the rainbow.

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