Waltzing Matilda in Kriol

I was curious about Kriol so I looked for items related to this and I came across Ali Mills. She is an Aboriginal musician from the Top End and she has released a Kriol version of Waltzing Matilda. The song has received positive reviews and rightfully so in my opinion. She also sings in Gurindji/Kungarakan and she has also attended many peaceful demonstrations for Aboriginal Rights.

You can view the music clip here

There is also a short article from an interview with Ali in the NTnews from April this year.  You can read HERE

I really enjoyed listening to this song  and it was interesting to see the lyrics and compare Kriol to English. Other students have discussed song and I found that it was easier listening to Kriol than looking at the written form for me. You can see the lyrics HERE

It is also interesting because in chapter 11 (Walsh & Yallop) Mari Rhydwen mentions that many people in the Daly River area don’t think they speak Kriol but Ali Mills is always proud of the Kriol language and she discusses this in many of her interviews. I hope everyone else enjoys this version of Waltzing Matilda as much as I did.


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5 Responses to Waltzing Matilda in Kriol

  1. amelia says:

    Hey, I also heard Ali Mills interviewed on The Music Show with Andrew Ford on Radio National a few weeks back. It was a fantastic interview! She sang the kriol version of Waltzing Matilda (so great!!), and she was also talking about the process of making her first album after years of performing, and the personal and cultural issues involved. Here’s a link to the audio – http://www.abc.net.au/rn/musicshow/stories/2010/2982926.htm

  2. lpromnit says:

    There is another clip of Ali on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jUvB_HqAyQ&feature=related where she stood blindfolded, gagged nad handcuffed in protest of the gagging of Aboriginal people. The sad part was that no-one walking past took any notice or questioned what she was doing or why.

  3. dramkoos says:

    Love it too 🙂

  4. Robert Merrill says:

    Where can I obtain a CD that includes Ali Mills singing Waltjim Bat Matilda?

    Bob Merrill

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