Indigenous Australians making their presence felt

During a recent visit to Australia we dropped in to Palo’s bar in Hobart, home town of the music star Courtney Barnett, where Jay Jarome, definitely influenced by Curtis Mayfield and Prince’s blend of soul, performed the most incredible set.

This young artist from Bribie Island in south-east Queensland won a scholarship to study song-writing at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music. His debut single, Second Chances, has fine harmonies, with rich instrumental accompaniment from a singer-songwriter of exceptional power and maturity. Many of the younger Aboriginal Australians, like Jarome, are making their presence felt in entertainment, sport, and the professions.