Adungu (Young Stars Band)

The Adungu Youth Stars is a musical band founded by energetic South Sudanese youth living in Australia. This cultural musical band plays traditional African instruments known as the Adungu. The group mainly performs to entertain and inspire young people to showcase their talents with some uniquely traditional instruments involving singing, dancing and other entertainments.

The Adungu Youth Stars sing songs of multiple genres including gospel songs, praises and other conventional songs which are both educative and entertaining in community functions, weddings, birthdays, Christmas carols as well as in concerts. The band attracts youth from the various cultural backgrounds while creating opportunities for communities to socialize and enjoy a uniquely traditional African music in a very culturally diverse society like Australia. They aspire to reach the wider communities and showcase their talents true singing, dancing and acting.

Objectives and Deliverables

  • To provide a social environment that will prevent vulnerable youth disengaging from the community
  • Demonstrate talents, leadership and responsibilities towards their community and the wider Australia · To recognize and articulate traditional African Music, and Australian values 
  • To express experience through music and performances 
  • To appreciate and acknowledge African norms, music and standards · Foster communal living and connectedness 
  • To employ young people and the elders to engage in singing, traditional music.
  • To introduce and share amazing African traditional music and instruments with the wider Australian society

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Project Benefits

  • Bring about bond among Sudanese youth and address anti-social behaviours that may result in disengagement them from the community (prevent youth crimes by engaging them positively) ·
  • Create a safe, fun and entertaining healthy space for both participants and audience.
  • Being creative and innovative using traditional instruments, song writing and composition skills in the Arts of Music. This will revolutionise traditional music in contemporary musical context.

Historical Background of Adungu

Adungu is a string traditional musical instrument founded by the Alurr people in Uganda, Africa. The Alurr tribe is in Northern Uganda and this instrument is known to be used by the Alurr for centuries ago. The Adungu is a class of arched harp of varying dimensions, ranging from five to thirteen strings or more. A typical set of Adungu band is comprised of twelve Adungu's. The musical form is called ‘Adungu Music’ and it is tuned in various scale including diatonic scale tuning of classic European, suggesting influence of the British presence in Uganda and afterward. It is exactly not known when the Adungu was exported to South Sudan however these instruments become popularly used by people of Equatoria region in South Sudan after 1950s. In Africa, this instrument is widely played in Churches, social gatherings and events.

Brief History of the Bari Language:

Bari is the Nilotic language of the Karo people, spoken over the entire Central Equatoria state in South Sudan, across the northwest corner of Uganda, and into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bari is spoken by several distinct tribes:

the Bari people themselves, the Pojulu, Kakwa, Nyangwara, Mundari, Lulubo and Kuku. Bari is a tone language. It has vowel harmony, subject-verb-object word order. A very competent dictionary and grammar were published in the 1930s, but are very difficult to find today.

Local Languages and After School Homework Club:

Global Sanctuary delivers a variety of services through projects that are targeted to support and empower the newly emerging communities in Australia. One of the projects is the Bari language and after school homework club which is aimed at teaching the various local and cultural languages to enhance better communication and a healthy dialogue between parents and their children. The Bari language is also aimed at supporting children with difficulties in communicating their parents who cannot speak the English language well. The After-School Homework club exists to support migrant's children and elders who arrived to Australia with minimum and basic education.

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