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.

Warm up at 1pm to sing for 30 minutes at 1:40pm at the Co-Op.

Song suggestions:


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.


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


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.

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

Proceeds going to the Creative Womyn Lunch Project for homeless women

Individuals can also contribute by direct transfer to Georgina Abrahams at St George Bank, BSB: 112 879, Account: 0414 962 09.

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.

2019-01-25 Baraya-la Vigil at Barangaroo

There will be a vigil with dance and song from 8pm on the 25th of January in Barangaroo as part of the Sydney Festival Indigenous program.

The Solidarity Choir will join a number of community choirs to perform Baraya-la at 8:30pm conducted by Aunty Jacinta Tobin and Nardi Simpson.

There is a mass rehearsal on the 24th of January at 7pm till 8pm in the Great Hall, University of Technology Sydney, 15 Broadway, Ultimo.