Live @ Beyond The Valley First Nation’s Yarn With Kee’ahn Bindol

Episode 39

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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 today’s “pinch me moment” episode, Caroline has a special yarn with the incredibly talented singer, songwriter and performer, Kee’ahn Bindol at the 2023 Beyond The Valley Festival at Barunah Plains an, an ancient and natural amphitheater, on Waddawurrung Country.

Kee’ahn is a proud Yalanji, Jirrbal, Badu Islander  who in 2019 ventured from their home town in North Queensland, to pursue a dream in the Naarm. In 2020, Kee’ahn released the debut single ‘Better Things’. That year, Kee’ahn was awarded the Archie Roach Foundation Award at the 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards later winning the Archie Roach Foundation Award at the Music Victoria Awards.

In this end of year episode, they unpack the inspiration behind Kee’ahn’s new dance tracks, ‘Catch the Night’ and ‘Sunsets’ and the profound impact music has had on her life.They explore the art of musical storytelling, examining its role in raising social consciousness and helping to instigate social change. Caroline explains the deeply sophisticated concept of Aboriginal Songlines, ancient GPS pathways utilised for sharing knowledge, trade roots, and stories.

The chat concludes with Caroline, Kee’ahn and audience members 2024 lessons and personal reflections. Yarns about relationships, grief, the referendum, and the intentionality of cultivating meaningful connections in a complex world, along with the need to embrace emotions, family, kin and culture and spaces like BTV to ‘be’ in community.

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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 recorded. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past and present. And our future young generations.

Language Warning: this episode contains explicit language.

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