2019-04-12 Refugee protest outside QVB

The Solidarity Choir joined a weekly Friday afternoon refugee protest outside the Queen Victoria Building at 5:30pm on the 12th of April. We helped hand out flyers for the Palm Sunday Rally on the 14th.

We sang:

  • Refuge To A Refugee
  • We Shall Not Give Up The Fight
  • Let There Be Peace
  • A pro-refugee parody of Advance Australia Fair
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2019-05-31 Trial of Refugee activist

This was a pop-up demonstration in support of Stephen Langford, an activist for asylum seekers rights. The focus of the demonstration is on the asylum seekers issues. The Solidarity Choir and the Sydney Trade Union Choir combined to sing in support of the gathering outside the Downing Centre Local & District Court from 9am to 9:30 on Thursday morning the 31st of May 2019.

The songs:

  • We Shall Not Give Up The Fight
  • Refuge To A Refugee

2019-03-09 Anatolian Community Centre IWD

The Australian-Turkish/Kurdish Community Services Co-Op celebrates International Working Women’s Day every year at their centre at 50 Susan St Auburn. We sang there first in 2018.

We warmed up at 1pm and sang for 30 minutes at 1:40pm at the Co-Op. This year the Co-Op formed a choral group of nine singers and presented several folk style songs about recent Turkish political events and themes. Ali was in the line-up, a last minute draftee he later reckoned.

Like last year, they treated us to the buffet lunch of Turkish food afterwards and an opportunity to mingle with the other musicians and the audience.

We sang:

  • Warrior
  • Bread And Roses
  • Piece By Piece
  • La Lega
  • Makhosikazi

Lamma Bada Yatathanna

This song is hundreds of years old and celebrates a vision of compelling beauty. Over time this vision has broadened to take many forms, so it can unite everyone gathered in one place.

Syrian women refugees and displaced people get together and sing this song to reconnect themselves to their former homes. We like to sing it in solidarity with these women.

Lyrics

Lamma bada yatathanna
Lamma bada yatathanna
Aman aman, aman aman

Hebbi jamal lufatana
Aman aman, aman aman

Awma bila hazu atsarna
Awma bila hazu atsarna
Aman aman, aman aman

Ghusnu thana hinamal
Aman aman, aman aman

Wadi wayah hirati
Wadi wayah hirati
Manli rahim shekwati
Filhobbi min lawati
Illa malik Il jamal
Illa malik Il jamal

Translation

When she appeared with her walk so proudly,
The beauty of my love has seduced me
N’ how with her gaze she enslaved me!

When she bends she’s a branch that captivates
And Oh! in what troubles she puts me!

I got ‘no’ mercy for my wail
In love cause of this pain
‘But’ (and only) from the Queen of Beauty!

(Sound sample sung by Lena Chamamyan  on YouTube)

2019-03-08 IWD Fundraiser

A night of Trivia, Celebrity Bingo and singing at the Marrickville Golf Club on Friday night the 8th of March 2019. Two choirs sang between the rounds of trivia: Solidarity Choir (the hosts) and the Mooncatchers (with Christina Mimmocchi as musical director). Cathy caused much merriment with her composition “Precious Gift” and Deb led a feminist singalong near the end of the evening.

Bistro open from 6pm
Trivia/singing started at 7.30pm
Tickets $10 per person

Proceeds were for the Creative Womyn Lunch Project for homeless women.

Solidarity choir sang:

  • Acknowledgement
  • Warrior
  • Don’t Be Too Polite
  • Bread And Roses
  • You Don’t Speak For Me
  • Piece By Piece
  • La Lega
  • Makhosikazi
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2019-01-17 East Timor workshop at IFF

This free workshop was part of the Folk School program immediately before the Illawarra Folk Festival at the Bulli Showground.

The Solidarity Choir taught two songs from the 1975 resistance era in East Timor:

The one hour workshop was held in the Folk School Old Hall at 9am on Thursday the 17th of January 2019.