Two sisters from Nowa Nowa, in East Gippsland, have created a video that has gone viral and is gaining them fans around the world.
Bethany and Laurena’s rendition of The Seekers hit I Am Australian, complete with actions, has been viewed more than 1 million times and garnered unexpected publicity for Gippsland annual youth talent quest, KidzRock.
“There’s so much love that they’ve brought out of people, so many comments of love, endorsement and belief,” KidzRock founder Geoff Woods said.
“When I first saw the video I thought, ‘Oh my godfather, that’s just fantastic’.
“For me, the paling fence and the bush scenery with two Aboriginal girls singing with gusto was just fantastic — I thought, ‘how good is this?’ but I had no idea it was going to go like this.
“These kids have more than 1 million hits now online and they’ve just touched so many people, it’s just fantastic.”
Performances move online for 2020
The talent quest has been running for 33 years, giving young singers, performers and musicians a chance to perform on stage.
But because of COVID-19, this year organisers have been encouraging online entries that have been shared on social media.
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That has meant the competition has been taken to a much wider audience and gained more attention.
“We’re showcasing the musical talents of children in Gippsland — that then went to Australia online — yesterday we received four Facebook messages from overseas so who knows where it’s going to stop?” Mr Woods said.
“My purpose has always been to help Gippsland’s kids … now I’ve got to reconsider what I do. The girls have touched the hearts of a lot of people.”
Mr Woods said the Nowa Nowa sisters are planning on putting out a new song later this year.
“I’ve spoken to the kids’ parents and we’re in the throes of producing their next song,” he said.
“It’s got a bit of a rockabilly feel.
“The kids have cowgirl hats on and they’ve got some great dance moves.”
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