21st Century Dijiridu


Visitors to Sydney often stop and listen to street dijiridu players. Most performers are aborigines, who had enough commercial sense to start an entertainment company and record their music. This young man proved that you do not have to be aboriginal to play well. Usually the music is a fusion between traditional tunes and modern beats.

It is not uncommon for the street performers to use modern PA systems. However, as far as moder equipment goes this is the first time I have seen a computer used in street performance in the role of the sequencer and a drum machine.

Aboriginal Elder Cedric – Portrait of an Urban Aborigine


Aborigines use dance traditionally as a form of expression. The dances describe aboriginal communal life, human relationships, as well as the bond of the people with the land and other people.

Modern Aboriginal artists often perform these dances in public. However, they also keep many dances secret for their sacred ceremonies.

A body painting seen on aboriginal performers relate to their customs, laws and believes and seldom are just artistic expressions.
Many Indigenous dance groups perform in order to preserve their culture and customs and to pass these to young generation.

Aboriginal Elder Cedric, Closed Eyes

Aboriginal Elder Cedric, Dreamtime

Aboriginal Elder Cedric, Hands Stretched Forward