People all around the world are marking International Day of People with Disability today, and kids music group Coco and The Cockatoos, featuring 11-year old Coco Espie, have released an animated video for ‘The Outback Song’ from their ‘Wild Life’ debut album to coincide with the day and raise awareness.
Coco has cerebral palsy and the video shares the band’s positivity about there being possibilities for all children to ‘have a go’.
‘The Outback Song’ is based on Coco’s own family holiday in Central Australia and features Uncle Brendan Japangardi Kerin from Central Australia who plays traditional emu and kangaroo songs on the yidaki (didgeridoo).
The beautifully crafted video was created by Melbourne based animator, watercolourist and award-winning comic creator Lucasz Dziadkiewicz.
Sales from the ‘Wild Life’ album contribute to the incredible work of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, as well as the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the Ocean Recovery Alliance. These organisations recognise the need to help sick children, support global wildlife conservation and help to rectify the plight of our oceans.
Coco’s cerebral palsy and empathetic approach to life has given her a compassion for animals and children, which is why the ‘Wild Life’ album was co-created, written and recorded by Coco and singer songwriter Jane Walker over a two year period beginning in 2017 when Coco was just eight years old.
The International Day of People With Disability is an internationally celebrated United Nations observed day, held on December 3 each year. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and to celebrate their achievements and contributions. More information is available here.
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