Clay Pot Melody Choir

Clay Pot Melody (RTRFM, Perth)

Lachlan Wyllie, 14th October 2016

By Coel Healy

For the past two years I’ve been following the Burundi Band and Peace choir. I first heard their music from a sample CD released by the Denmark Festival of Voice, which was played on a community radio station here in Perth.

The band is made up of a group of families from Burundi. They are ethnic Twa people, who once inhabited the forests of Rwanda, The Congo, Burundi and Tanzania. After fleeing the civil war in Burundi during 1997, the family crossed the border into Tanzania where they lived in a refugee camp for more than 10 years. Inside the camp, they made instruments out of oil boxes and amplifiers out of clay pots, they performed to hundreds of people. 

Clay Pot Melody Hall

Upon moving to Perth, the family moved to Katanning, a small regional town 3 hours southeast of Perth, Western Australia, close to the port town of Albany. Katanning has become a melting pot of different cultures, due to increasing humanitarian migration and opportunities for work at the WAAMCO abattoir.

Produced by Perth based radio producer, Coel Healy, Clay Pot Melody takes a look at some of the challenges refugees like The Burundi Band are facing in regional communities.

Clay Pot Melody - Grass


This piece was made for the CBAA's National Features & Documentary Series 2016, a showcase of work by new and emerging Australian community radio producers, with training and mentoring provided by the Community and Media Training Organisation. The opinions expressed in National Features & Documentary Series content are those of the individual producers or their interviewees, and not necessarily shared by the CBAA or CMTO.

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