Mi-kaisha sings out, celebrating women’s contributions

IGS Head Girl Mi-kaisha Masella performed for a full house at the Gai-mariagal Festival for reconciliation during NAIDOC Week.

Mi-kaisha entertained and moved the audience with some of her original songs and covers, and urged them not to limit their expectations of Indigenous people through prejudice.

“We are all one; we all live in Australia,” Mi-kaisha said. “We all want to live our lives and be happy and be surrounded by family and friends.”

 

“NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make to their communities, families and the history and our nation,” said Crows Nest Centre Executive Officer Denise Ward, also an IGS parent.

“For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept their culture strong and enriched the oldest continuing culture on the planet…

“Sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.”

Denise introduced Mi-kaisha as “an Indigenous Murri woman and an emerging singing sensation”.

“Mi-Kaisha is the Head Girl at International Grammar School. She has appeared on The Voice and hopes to pursue a singing career in New York.

“Mi-kaisha comes from a talented family; her sister Kikki, was a lead actor in NITV’s production of Grace Beside Me, recently nominated for a Logie.

“Their proud mother is a large influence in the girls’ lives and has held a number of positions advocating for improvements to Aboriginal education.

“It is fitting to be joined by this strong and capable group of women to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018, Because of Her, We Can!

Mi-kaisha Masella and Denise Ward in NAIDOC Week
Mi-kaisha Masella and Denise Ward in NAIDOC Week