Tamworthian Didg player a voice for youth culture

YOUNG Tamworth didgeridoo player Mitch Firth is making his mark on the world one note at a time.

He’s currently studying in Melbourne and living with the lead singer of Tambo Company (which he plays in), has signed up as a host on Muso Magic– a tv program on Imparja, and has been elected for a three-year term on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Catholic Council (NATSICC).

Muso Magic showcases the musical talents of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities and highlights the positives around their talents and communities.

Mitch said the show worked to engage youth in regional and remote areas and showcase the talents through musical collaborations as well as to provide opportunities for indigenous youth to get experience in media and music production and build pride in their culture and country.

“I’m going to travel to the areas and find out all the positives happening in each community including festivals and health programs they have running,” he said.

“I’ll be hitting the street to interview the locals, go into the shops, schools and health care centres to see what programs are running and which ones are helping and why and I’ll be helping within that.”

Mitch will co-host the program with a young female indigenous folk musician and they will collaborate with the musically-talented youth in each community.

The role came about after Mitch volunteered as a Red Dust Role Model in 2008 where he visited communities and saw the health programs in place and assisted with them.

“They saw how I worked with the kids and how I played didgeridoo and said I left them with a long-lasting impression and they just really liked what they saw back then so they asked me to be on the show,” he said.

As well as juggling hosting duties, Mitch is also the national youth ambassador with NATSICC and will be working with the national chair of the council and state representatives as the youth voice.

“I’ll run youth forums, encourage methods to hear the youth voices and articulate the needs for the youth on local and national levels,” he said.

“I’ll be speaking at national forums on issues such as suicide, young teenage pregnancies, alcohol and substance abuse and maintaining contact with other youth ambassadors.”

As part of the role, Mitch will again attend World Youth Day, which he has performed at since 2008.

Prior to his national appointment, he was a NATSIC NSW representative and attended the national conference and threw his hat into the ring for the national job.

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