Cultural Corner: Traditional music

Local Torres Strait Islanders, the Day family, will treat fans at the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game against South Sydney on Saturday night when they join the Komet Torres Strait Island Art and Culture group in providing traditional music performances.

A group of Cranbrook State School students will receive tickets to the game, and get the chance to participate in the music making, as special guests at the Cowboys Cultural Corner at 1300SMILES Stadium.

A feature at all Cowboys home matches in the 2014 season and supported by the Australian Government, Cultural Corner provides a series of come-and-try activities, displays and information promoting North Queensland’s Indigenous culture.

Cowboys community relations manager Fiona Pelling said: “Saturday night's Cultural Corner will provide the many families and children who come along to the stadium with an educational and entertaining experience, focusing on traditional music and instruments of the Torres Strait.” 

“The Day family are well known for their cultural performances at local schools and cultural events and we’re expecting a great show featuring traditional drums in particular. 

“Our Indigenous consultant and artist, Michelle Rowe, and our Cowboys Learn Earn Legend! team will be working to ensure that everyone who visits Cultural Corner leaves with a better understanding of traditional music and instruments.” 

Ms Rowe said everyone visiting Cultural Corner would be able to join in the music making and try out playing the didgeridoo, clap sticks, and traditional instruments.

“The Cowboys have always had a strong connection to our Indigenous community which has grown substantially with the success of the Learn Earn Legend! program,” she said.  

“Together with the Learn Earn Legend! program, Cultural Corner is helping to strengthen those connections while increasing the awareness of Indigenous culture in the broader community.”

Cultural Corner is located on the western side of 1300SMILES Stadium and will be open for an hour from 6.15pm.