The Southern Cross : April 2010
The Southern Cross April 2010 Page 13 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news Term Investment Less than $1,000 0.10% $1,000 - $1,999 0.50% $2,000 - $4,999 2.00% $5,000 - $19,999 3.25% $20,000 + 4.00% Catholic Education Fee Savings Account 4.25% Personal Account Less than $1,000 0.25% $1,000 - $1,999 0.50% $2,000 - $4,999 1.50% $5,000 - $19,999 3.00% $20,000 + 3.50% Prepaid Funeral Plan Contact your funeral director Read more about CDF at www.cdfadl.com.au or phone 08 8210 8215 How can my savings make a difference? Assisting parishes Charitable causes Building classrooms Quality education Helping those in need Religious and pastoral initiatives 4.25%P.A. CATHOLIC EDUCATION FEE SAVINGS ACCOUNT *TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY They all come from central southern Sudan, but many of the youth in a newly formed Adelaide band had little idea how to speak their ancestor's language, let alone celebrate regional Sudanese music. That didn't stop them from launching the band RDN (Ring Dheng de Naham -- the river running through central Sudan) to a resounding crowd of more than 100 people at the Folk Centre, in Thebar ton. The 11 band members, aged from nine-years-old to 30-years-old, publicly revealed their version of music from the Lakes Rumbek region of Sudan in Dinka (traditional Sudanese language) using modern instruments -- guitar, drums and keyboard. "It was awesome," said band member Isaac Makur, 21. Isaac, like many of the band, has spent most of his life in a refugee camp in Kenya, where many dif ferent African cultures and languages mix. He arrived in Australia in 2003 and found the cultural and language barriers difficult. "The band has helped me as a young person to learn about my culture and language," said Isaac. "It has kept me busy from doing other things on the street," he said. "I think it would be really good for other Sudanese communities to do the same thing." Band leader Deng Manyuon, 29, said the band was formed to help keep Sudanese youth occupied and connected to their heritage through the universal language of music. He said for some of the band's members it had been the first time they had spoken traditional Sudanese. "It is working because they like the band and the parents like it too," said Mr Manyuon. Singer Isaac Thok, 28, said music had helped the band's youth integrate into their own Sudanese communities in Adelaide while also helping them connect with Australians. "It's not easy for us to adopt the (Australian) culture, but music is the common language that you can express to ever ybody," he said. Adelaide University Elder Conser vatorium music lecturer Steven Knopof f said culturally specific music, such as that of RDN, unifies the Sudanese youth amongst themselves and with non-Sudanese. "Music does transcend social and cultural language barriers," said Mr Knopof f. "That's why people refer to music as the universal language." The Sudanese band, RDN, plays ever y Sunday afternoon at Mass at St Luke's Anglican Church, in Whitmore Square. ❏ Anyone wishing to help the band raise funds for instruments can contact Deng at dengenock_ email@example.com. Youth band together IN TUNE: Youngest band member nine-year-old Banok, a student from Nazareth Catholic College, belts out a beat on traditional drums at the launch of Sudanese band RDN.