Brett Lee (Pirritu) – Healing through First Nations songs and storytelling

Episode 21

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In this week’s episode, Caroline is joined by proud First Nations Ngiyampaa man, Pirritu (Brett Lee). Pirritu, is a singer and songwriter, whose music is a reflective anecdote to his connection with land and culture. After being adopted out at birth, he was always raised to be proud of his Aboriginality. At 14, he began his journey to connect back to his family roots of land, culture and language.

Pirritu describes music as always being fundamentally a part of who he is. While training as an athlete growing up, he remembers training with a tune in mind or breathing  to a rhythm. Deciding to take time away from sport to heal a knee injury, he dived in hard, buying a ukulele and gravitated towards creating his own music. 17 years later, Pirritu is creating music that is eclectic, gentle and from the heart.

Caroline and Pirritu yarn about his incredible music career and how he started. They yarn about his newest album, Pirritu Part 1, and the inspiration behind the sun-filled collection of gorgeous and strikingly honest acoustic folk songs. After an amazing heart felt yarn, Pirritu  fills us in on what’s to come and his exciting projects on the horizon.

To keep up to date with Pirritu, be sure to follow on Instagram here.

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We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s First Peoples’ who have never ceded their sovereignty. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation where the podcast was taped. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past, present and emerging.

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