In 1982, Shane Howard's anthem, ‘Solid Rock, Sacred Ground’, from the Goanna album ‘Spirit of Place’, rang out across the airwaves. It was one of the first songs to broach the subject of Aboriginal dispossession in the Australian mainstream and it still resonates today.
Solid Rock was written when Shane first visited Uluru in 1981 and was deeply moved when he witnessed inma, ceremony and felt the strong and ancient connection of Anangu to that country. Since then, he’s returned many times to Uluru.
In 2012, he worked with Anangu elder Uncle Trevor Adamson to translate a powerful Pitjantjatjara version of ‘Solid Rock’, ‘Puli Kunpunka’, recorded with the school children of Ernabella, Murputja, Pipalyatjara and Mutitjulu and included with the children’s book – ‘Puli Kunpungka’.
Now the two songwriters have teamed up again to write a new song, ‘Palya Wiru Uluru’, to commemorate the close of the climb at Uluru.
But the new song, ‘Palya Wiru Uluru’, is not a protest song. It gently invites all Australians and overseas travellers to embrace ‘a deeper feeling’ about this unique and precious heart of our country.
A two track EP titled, ‘Palya Wiru Uluru’, was launched on Sunday October 27th to commemorate the close of the climb at Uluru.
Uncle Trevor suggested including 'Solid Rock (Puli Kunpungka) Stronger Now’, which was recorded for the 30th Anniversary of ‘Solid Rock’ in 2012, but was never released.
The track features special guests Dan Sultan, Emma Donovan, Natalie Pa’apa’a, Archie Roach, Bart Willoughby and Amy Saunders as well as the APY Lands Choir singing the Pitjantjatjara translation by Trevor Adamson and Ruby James.