NT kids and Baker Boy combat Covid-19
A challenge has been issued to Northern Territory schools to produce their best rap or music video targeting Covid-19 safety.
The call follows a recent collaboration between Territory schools and Yolngu rapper Danzal Baker, aka Baker Boy.
Students from Ludmilla Primary School, Manyallaluk School, Shepherdson College, Canteen Creek and Bradshaw Primary School performed and filmed actions — and some exciting dance moves — to support Baker Boy’s important health-oriented lyrics.
The video was aired widely on Aboriginal community and mainstream free-to-air media outlets, and featured in local and interstate television news.
It quickly went viral on social media, circulating widely among community health organisations in the Territory, and interstate.
Now it’s up to Territory schools to submit their best Covid-19 rap or music videos. The creative content must demonstrate social distancing and hand hygiene, and include deadly dance moves.
Videos can be performed to Baker Boy’s lyrics, or to original verse in English, Kriol or traditional Aboriginal language.
Where possible the videos should feature local landscapes and key places in Aboriginal communities. Due to travel restrictions, this can only be captured by resident filmmakers.
Here are Baker Boy’s rap video lyrics to help get you started:
There’s a sickness going round but no need to get scared.
We just gotta wash our hands so it can’t spread.
We’ve gotta wash em proper many times every day…
Using lots of soap to keep sickness away.
Then we need to dry our hands – dry them with a towel…
Stop the sickness spreading in communities and towns.
If you cough or sneeze, use your elbow or a tissue…
Remember no more shaking hands and don’t let people kiss you.
We’re healthy kids, we wash our hands, don’t want to get sick…
By keeping clean, we’re staying strong and giving germs the flick.
The project was jointly funded by the Department of Education and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.