UNCLE JIMMY THUMBS UP! PROGRAMS
Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up is a not-for-profit organization founded by Jimmy Little in 2007, that aims to help improve the overall health of Australian Indigenous children and their families, predominantly through music.
The past two workshops I have been involved in were both focused on different, but equally important, community issues with the consistent underlying message of healthy lifestyle habits. For these workshops you will find both photographs video, each produced for the kids with music written and performed by the Thumbs Up team and the kids from each participating community.
To view a selection of photographs taken during my time as a part of the Thumbs Up team, head to this page: http://www.lighttreemedia.com.au/thumbsup
"Eye Know" - Barkly Desert Culture
Featuring the E-Town Boyz, The Hill Boyz and The Desert Sevenz.
Filmed as a part of the trachoma awareness program run by Minum Barreng, Indigenous Eye Health and the University of Melbourne.
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Filmed by: Sean Spencer, Buzz Bidstrup and Amy-Lee Shields
"WORDS" - Yulara Tri-State Workshop
This song was written, recorded and produced during a three day student intensive workshop at the Uluru Meeting Place in Yulara, NT. It was written with the children from the participating schools and the Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! team to help promote healthy lifestyle messages and bring attention to the power of words and the importance of good positive communication.
"Lets get rid of Trachoma in the APY lands"
This song and video are the result of a joint program between The Melbourne University Indigenous Eye Health Unit and Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! with school children and community members living in the APY lands of South Australia. The song was written and recorded by UJTU facilitators Johanna Campbell, Kahl Wallis and Buzz Bidstrup, recorded and mixed by Buzz and Max Bidstrup and the video was shot and edited by Light Tree Media.
Featuring the voice of a very talented young man named Aaron Fraser, from Kenmore Park APY Lands, South Australia. The musicians are the Pukatja Street Reggae Band from Ernabella.. David Morris / guitar, Ben Thompson / bass, Nelson Peters / drums, Nathaniel Kulyuru / keyboards. Lois and Hazel Fraser are also singing on the language choruses.