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Title Everyday Brave: Saltwater Bluesman - Ep 6 of 6 / Director: Torres, Mitch
Published Australia : NITV, 2012
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Summary Uncle Kiddo Taylor (who sadly passed away just after this program was made) played chromatic harp. He was one of the fathers of the "Broome Sound". He lived in a humble house on the coast and supplemented his pension with fishing and shell gathering.Uncle Kiddos music reflects life in his West Australian pearling town. There is a history of exploitation and segregation, but also a vibrant mix of cultures and a strong sense of community. The sweet-sad sound is known as saltwater blues as its likely to bring a tear to your eye. It has had a significant impact on the indigenous music scene and made Uncle Kiddo a vital and positive force in the lives of younger generations.Although his was often a hand to mouth existence, Uncle Kiddo always had an irrepressible urge to have a good time. It was this indomitable spirit that made watching Saltwater Bluesman like going to a party. This program is a foot-tapping introduction to a delightful character, who was regarded with affection by those who knew him.This program, reflecting on Uncle Kiddos long life, recalls his days working on the luggers as a 15 year old, borrowing his first harmonica and teaming up with his mate Micky. The two friends started to catch on, even performing over the local taxi companys two-way radio. As their fame spread, they were invited to Darwin, where they played for the Prime Ministers wife.Its a vibrant and colourful story, a tribute to a talented musician and respected community elder.Written and directed by mitch torres; co-produced by Rod Freedman and Jeffrey Bruer.A Film Australia National Interest program in association with Macumba Media Enterprises and SBS Independent
Event Broadcast 2012-07-24 at 19:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Ethnic identity.
Aboriginal Australians -- Music.
Musicians -- Biography.
Musicians -- Social conditions.
Form Streaming video
Author Torres, Mitch, director
Albert, Stephen, contributor
Hamaguchi, Pearl, contributor
Manolis, Michael, contributor
Pigram, Stephen, contributor
Robinson, Margaret, contributor
Taylor, Kiddo, contributor