Sydney Street Choir unites voices for reconciliation

In a powerful display of unity and reconciliation, the Sydney Street Choir has come together to record a moving rendition of Warumpi Band’s iconic indigenous song “Blackfella/Whitefella” to mark Reconciliation Week 2024.

The Sydney Street Choir, comprised of people from all walks of life who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, has long used the power of music to uplift and inspire.

In recording “Blackfella/Whitefella,” they join their voices with those of Indigenous Australians and choirs from all around the country in a shared call for understanding, respect, and unity.

“Blackfella/Whitefella,” originally released by the Warumpi Band in 1985, remains a potent anthem for reconciliation.

Its lyrics speak to the shared experiences and enduring bonds between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and its message of mutual respect and understanding resonates deeply.

The Sydney Street Choir’s rendition of “Blackfella/Whitefella” is more than just a song – it’s a testament to the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity and find common ground.

Through their powerful performance, the choir members show that even in the face of challenges like homelessness, the voice of reconciliation can ring out loud and clear.

The PAYCE Foundation has been a long-term philanthropic supporter of the Sydney Street Choir.

PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan said: “As Reconciliation Week 2024 reminds us, the journey towards true reconciliation is ongoing.

“But with initiatives like the Sydney Street Choir’s powerful recording of “Blackfella/Whitefella,” we move closer to a future where all Australians can thrive together.

“Through the universal language of music, the Sydney Street Choir invite us all to join in this reconciliation journey.

“As we listen to the choir’s stirring rendition of “Blackfella/Whitefella,” let us reflect on the progress made, the challenges still ahead, and the shared bonds that unite us all as Australians.”

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