Arrernte cultural leader M.K. Turner, who is the Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe Co-director of the First Nations organisation Children’s Ground (Alice Springs NT), has been working with Dr Myfany Turpin to record and document traditional Arrernte songs for over 10 years. MK Turner is a singer, teacher and facilitator of others wishing to learn and revive their Aboriginal songs.
Recently Myfany uploaded recordings of traditional Arrernte songs on a pair of the Music and the Brain Foundation’s encore headphones . These enable one to listen to the songs without a media player, as the eSHUFFLe headphones have a built in capacity to play from an SD card.
At Children’s Ground the headphones can be charged and the playlists managed from a computer. It is hoped that the headphones will enable custodians greater access to hearing recordings of their traditional songs, for both enjoyment and educational purposes.
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