Held in partnership with Holy Spirit College in Cooktown, the latest Creative Tracks trip was great. Our all-star cast of mentors included MC Kitch, Troy, Mayella, Waveney and Bridget, who began proceedings with a showcase that ranged from Kitch laying down some beat-boxing to Mayella working it on the drum pads.
With access to the school’s studio and equipment as well as the Creative Tracks gear, the week was really productive. Two songs were written and played across the week, with the first called The Bama Song being recorded, produced and mixed by the young people in attendance.
The second was a real intergenerational project incorporating local language and the knowledge of the local elders, wholly embracing the Creative Tracks core values of culture and community. While they had their company, the attendees made a concerted effort to connect with the elders and demonstrated some of the new techniques they were learning through their performances.
The presence of two drum kits lead to some heated drum battles. Mayella and Waveney kicked things off between mentors, inspiring the young women in the crowd to step up and show off their skills. For the final round, local student Ronan challenged Kitch and gave him a real run for his money, much to the crowd’s delight.
Looking forward, the partnership with Holy Spirit College will extend to the TFN Leadership Camp. The camp will host young people from local organisations that have demonstrated leadership within the community and promises to be a great week, so stay tuned for updates.