Yarning with Jo Randell
Meet the choir
Jo Randell - Choir Coordinator
It’s extraordinary. From the outset, Della Rae (Morrison) and Jessie Lloyd said we need to encourage everybody to come and sing Aboriginal songs. That was their wisdom. Once people open their minds to Nyoongar language, then they open their mind and hearts to the people, to the way it was, the way it is, how things have changed, how contemporary Aboriginal culture is a living thing.
Della Rae Morrison - Musical Director
I'm a Bibbulmun woman from the South West of Western Australia.
The members come with a thirst to learn and they’re learning in a gentle and safe environment, through music and harmonies and singing together with other people...with Aboriginal people. Madjitil Moorna obviously really are working towards reconciliation and closing the gap, to bring healing to our community. Our songs are very soothing, nurturing and healing. So when Aboriginal people hear our songs, they’re often very moved emotionally and a lot of people can begin the healing process. I’d like to see more Aboriginal people join the group and not be so shame, and just know that they’re welcome to come along into this beautiful environment and lovely atmosphere. Come along!
Jan Applin - Chairperson
I was a primary school principal and worked in the Education Department for 43 years. When I first came to MM (2013) I said ‘I’m coming to sing. I’m not taking on any admin role’, because I had just retired. I just wanted to sing, enjoy people’s company and bring a bit of pleasure to people. But over the last 12 months I’ve thought it’s time to step up and actually try and assist people to keep Madjitil Moorna rolling along.