Liberty lyrics voiced in VAMPtv video
A rap song inspired by the contemplations of Owen Springs School students has been included as a film clip in VAMPtv, the NT Music School hosted Indigenous multimedia arts program.
Strongly influenced by the songwriters near exclusive passion for hip hop music, The Struggle contrasts bleak confinement with bright freedom.
Principal Joel Hohn said: “The song deals with the realities of incarceration, and the students’ desire to return home and be embraced with pride by their families.
“The hip hop classes provide times for the students to reflect on themselves, and the song grew out of those thoughts.
“Many of the 10 songwriters and video performers have experience in the hip hop program at Alice Springs, but others are novices.
“It took little more than a day to produce the three-minute 40-second song, and a day and a half to film the clip at the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre.”
Alice Springs-based VAMPtv content producer Stuart Liddell said: “The project has never been done before at the juvenile detention centre.
“Every lyric from each student was about feeling sorry, doing better next time, deciding right from wrong.
“The fellas might only have this outlet to express themselves…they did it as if the lyrics were already on the tips of their tongues.
“Being caught up in the system is a real thing, and the students have been waiting a long time for this idea to be realised.”
The clip features in episode 132 .