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Roy Kebisu interviewed by Karl Neuenfeldt in the Torres Strait songs project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4362617
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Kebisu, Roy, 1962-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2007 Sept. 16 
1 sound file (ca. 17 min.) 
Series

Torres Strait songs project.

Summary

Roy Thomas Kebisu, born and raised on Yam-Iama Island, Qld., speaks about being a descendant of King Kebisu from Warrior (Tudu) Island; the family move to Yam from Tudu; seeing uncles and aunts singing and dancing; how singing is important to the community; songs about the sea and luggers; learning to sing in church; his formal training in school; the school song; attending St. Augustine's a boarding school in Cairns; keeping up his culture when living on mainland, tombstone openings etc.; men's songs being about working [luggers], the wind, gardening, rain; women's songs, also about work; men composing songs, even, women's songs; the songs used at special events; his feelings when singing language hymns; watching and being coached by elders; making maraps [bamboo clappers used for dances]; the council's opinion on this project, 'gaining our culture back and preserving it for the younger ones'; Torres Strait Islanders in the production crew; himself as a soloist singer of Kores; his interest in the process of multitrack recording.

Biography/History

Roy Kebisu is the Deputy Council Chairman on Yam-Iama Island, Queensland.

Notes

Recorded on September 16, 2007 on Yam Island, Qld.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Interview conducted in English and Torres Strait Island creole.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available. 
Subjects Kebisu, Roy, 1962- -- Interviews.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Interviews.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Queensland -- Social life and customs.  |  Songs -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands.  |  Dance -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands.
Other authors/contributors Neuenfeldt, Karl William, 1947-, Interviewer

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