Carroll Karpany is excited and scared. He is a 70 year old Ngarrindjeri musician from the Coorong, South Australia; who grew up on a colonial mission, far from his traditional lands, cut off from his culture's wellspring of stories & songs.
In the absence of his traditional song & dance, Carroll made his own. He learnt electric guitar and started Us Mob, Australia's first Aboriginal politics rock-band.
Us Mob exploded onto the scene with screaming guitars and searing vocals, expressing the anger and frustration of young Aboriginal people, and inspiring a generation.
Carroll searched for his lost Ngarrindjeri culture, collecting remnants of language and music here and there. He met Lil, the love of his life, and they had three sons.
They travelled the world, playing music; and they taught their sons as much dance, language, and culture as they could, but the ancient Ngarrindjeri song and dance was always missing...until now.
Carroll recently discovered that his Ngarrindjeri songs and dances didn't disappear completely with European invasion, some survived thousands of kilometres away, on an ancient connected songline. For over 150 years this Ngarrindjeri cultural treasure has been kept in safe keeping, protected from the crushing forces of colonialism by the song-men of the Bunuba people of the Kimberley, Western Australia. Now, Carroll has been asked to come and get them.
Carroll and his sons will hit the road, driving 4000km across the continent, to collect the sacred stories, and learn the songs and dances. They will bring these 40,000 year old musical, linguistic treasures back to the Coorong; and be the first to sing these songs on country for 150 years.
They will teach the songs and dances to a new generation, singing new life into their culture, and reconnecting an ancient transcontinental song line superhighway. It is the greatest challenge of Carroll’s life, no wonder he's scared and excited.