Curated by Jessie Lloyd, Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated.
Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Mission Songs Project looks to explore the day to day life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities.
Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and songlines into the 21st Century.
An award winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a cultural practitioner of Australian Indigenous music and song. Dedicated to the continuation of story and song through the performance of Indigenous music, Jessie has travelled Australia in search of hidden songs to present this rare and unique Indigenous narrative.
- 2018 Best International Indigenous Release for The Songs Back Home
The Songs Back Home
"Own Native Land" from The Songs Back Home
"Old Cape Barren (feat. Jessica Hitchcock)" from The Songs Back Home