Limited Addition Journey Digipak


Limited Addition Journey Digipak


Including: Journey Cd and Liyarn Ngarn DVD

This album relates to both physical and a spiritual journey. Despite the darkness within, these songs radiate an inner light. Aboriginal and Western philosophy meet in a body of work that is simply profound. Although this album stands alone, it is also a companion piece to the documentary, Liyarn Ngarn, featuring Pete Postlethwaite, Patrick Dodson & Archie Roach. Listeners will further appreciate the depth behind these songs by viewing the documentary. Liyarn Ngarn is also the title of one of the songs on this album, written by Archie at the instigation of Patrick Dodson. It is difficult to translate ‘Liyarn Ngarn’ into English, but it describes a coming together of spirits. Patrick had suggested these Yawuru words of his traditional country as they encapsulate the essence of his philosophy of Reconciliation. Patrick then turned to Archie and said “this man will write a song to capture that deep inner feeling.”

The documentary explores the impact of racism towards Aboriginal people in Australia through historical and contemporary windows. At the centre of this story is the sorry tale of Louis Johnson, who was brutally murdered in a racist attach in Perth in 1992.

Archie visited Louis Johnson’s grave in Alice Springs where Louis’ adoptive parents had returned him for burial after his murder as they felt it essential that Louis return to his birth country. It is a very special place between the town camp, Little Sisters, where Louis was born and the airport.

Pete Poslethwaite went bush with Archie. They travelled from Fitzroy Crossing to Lumpu Lumpu, with the traditional owners. It was here that they witnessed the Ngurrara painting and the old people singing their country. The Ngurrara Native Title claim has still not been resolved.

Travellin’ Bones decries the practice of Indigenous remains being taken to overseas museums and celebrates the return of some of those precious remains after years of demand. The song reinforces the importance of the connection with the land and the vital importance of returning to country. The spirit and country are one.

John Pat is a Jack Davis poem. Archie first put this poem to music before Uncle Jack died and sang it for him when he was in the public ward in Fremantle Hospital. John Pat’s death was the catalyst for the demands of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

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