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Stiff Gins

Stiff Gins

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Diyin
Noun: Aboriginal — Dharug woman, wife. (1788)
Gin
Noun: — an Aboriginal woman (often derogatory). (1789)
Gin
(Standing) Proud and tall, carried by the strength of those who went before. (1999)

Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs, who make up the Stiff Gins, met seven years ago at the Eora Centre in Redfern. Since then, they have performed extensively in Australia and internationally. They decided to use the name Stiff Gins — from an offensive word used to denigrate Indigenous women — and reclaim it for themselves, declaring its meaning as talented, proud and passionate.

Nardi comes from the Yuwaalaraay people and, along with her formal training, she continues the musical traditions of her family. She recently recorded the children’s album Happy to Be Me, the second from Wendy Notley and Auntie Wendy's Mob.

Kaleena performed in the ‘Welcome to Country’ for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and is a featured vocalist on Yabun, Voices with a Beat, a joint Gadigal Information Services and Koori Radio-produced CD released in 1999.

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