In the lead-up to International Women's Day 2019 on Friday March 8 we are highlighting extraordinary women working to preserve Indigenous languages.

6 March 2019

All female band Kardajala Kirridarra use their music to tackle social issues affecting young people. Eleanor Dixon, Beatrice Lewis, Janey 'Namija' Dixon and MC Kayla Jackson create music to empower women.

Kardajala Kirridarra stormed onto the with a self-titled debut album in 2017 and were nominated for Double J's Artist of the Year that same year. Their songs have been described as evocative—weaving language, culture and history together.

Three of the women hail from rural Northern Territory communities of Marlinja and Kulumindini and believe it is important to carry language in their music as a way of preserving their identity and culture.

'I feel like music is a really powerful tool to make change. To empower people and share stories,' Beatrice said.

She added that the band aims to connect with young people, 'especially young women and little girls into learning about language and even the story of each song which has meaning. The language carries the meaning'.

Music is a powerful way of raising awareness of the importance of language to culture and heritage, which is the focus of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

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