Waterwise message gets a Halls Creek hip hop makeover

21/04/2017

Talented young people from Halls Creek have starred in a hip hop music video to encourage the community to save water – or ngaba in the local Aboriginal language.  

 

The video is the result of a collaboration between Water Corporation, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and the Shire of Halls Creek to encourage young people to express their connection with water.

 

Water Corporation Acting North West Regional Manager, Stuart Dyson, said the lyrics reflected the importance of water in Western Australia.  

 

“During the hip hop project, young people were asked to reflect on their connection with water physically and culturally,” Mr Dyson said.

 

“These connections formed the basis of the song, which was written and performed by the group, and act as a reminder to all Western Australians of the importance of saving water.

 

“We are very proud to be part of a project that celebrates the diversity of our communities and empowers the next generation to inform others about the importance of water conservation.

 

“Thank you to the talented young people of Halls Creek for creating such a great waterwise music video – the result is a brilliant clip that showcases our beautiful Kimberley and the talented local community.”

 

You can watch the hip hop video on Water Corporation’s Facebook and Twitter, or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axxdBI3BSfY&sns=em.

 

The hip hop project is one of several initiatives Water Corporation is undertaking in Halls Creek to educate the community about the need to save water.

 Filming the waterwise music video in Halls Creek

 

 Filming the waterwise music video in Halls CreekFilming the waterwise music video in Halls Creek

 

SAVE THE WATER (NGABA)

 

We’re gonna sing a little song for you

With an important message too

It’s about saving water and

The preservation of our land

Think about saving water whatever you do

Tell everybody else in the community too

Don’t use too much water when you’re taking a bath

Otherwise that water won’t last

 

Gotta save the ngaba

Gotta save the water

 

Don’t’ waste it

Turn taps off tight

Don’t waste it

Only water gardens at first light

Don’t waste it

Every drop counts

Don’t’ waste it

Or it will run out

Because water is life

Don’t waste it

Don’t let the bore run dry

 

After the rains the river will flow

Amongst the red earth, the green will grow

When the waterfall runs the fish will come

Life is reborn underneath the sun

We need water to survive

Keep the Gija and Jaru culture alive

We need water when we’re thirsty

Keep showers short when we’re dirty

 

Gotta save the ngaba

Gotta save the water

 

Don’t waste it

Turn taps off tight

Don’t waste it

Only water gardens at first light

Don’t waste it

Every drop counts

Don’t waste it

Or it will run out

Because water is life

Don’t waste it

Don’t let the bore run dry

 

Spoken word by Senior Elder Pastor Donald Cox

 

Hey you Halls Creek mob

Turn taps off when not in use

If you see a leaking tap or pipe in your community then make sure you report it

Don’t run water when you brush your teeth

Water is important to our way of life

Halls Creek kids, hit it


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