Youth Stars Adungu Music Band

Young Stars Adungu Music Band is a community musical band founded by energetic South Sudanese youth. This cultural musical band plays unique traditional music instrument known as Adungu. The group mainly performs to entertain and inspires young people to showcase their talent within this traditional music art of Adungu through singing, dancing and entertainment.

The Young Star Adungu Music band sings gospel songs, praises and other conventional songs which are both educative and entertaining in places of worships, community functions, weddings, birthdays, Christmas carols as well as in concerts. The band attracts all youth and creates an opportunity for the community to socialise and enjoys their traditional music in culturally diverse Australia. They aspire to reach the wider community and showcase their talent true singing, dance and entertainment.

Objectives and Deliverables

  • To provide a social environment that will prevent vulnerable youth disengaging from community .
  • Demonstrate talents, leadership and responsibilities towards their community and wider Australia.
  • To recognise and articulate traditional African Music, and Australian values ·
  • To express experience through music and performance ·
  • 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 and performance ·
  • To introduce and share this unique traditional music and instruments with the wider Australian society

Project Benefits 

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

Historical Background of Adungu

Adungu is a stringed traditional musical instrument founded by Alur people of East African country of Uganda. The Alur tribe is located in Northern Uganda and they this instrument is 78 DindiStreet, Underwood Qld. 4119 P: 0497 468 200 E: info@globalsanctuaryinc.orgWeb: known to be used by Alur for centuries.

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 comprises of twelve Adungu. 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 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.

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