In 2016, young Raymond Hand-Simms took to the stage at Blacktown’s annual NAIDOC week celebrations. He won the young talent contest and will return to Blacktown again this year. Here’s a little introduction to the talented young man!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Raymond Hand-Simms. My Aboriginal name is Booroobee*. I am a Yoo-in-Dharuk boy, 9 years old. My interests are rugby league, surfing, playing with Beyblades, playing the didgeridoo and performing with my family.
At what age did you start performing?
I started playing didgeridoo when I was 5 years old, and also started singing Aboriginal songs at the same time with my sisters.
What was it like performing on stage in Blacktown for NAIDOC last year?
I played didgeridoo last year. It felt good to win the talent quest and I was very surprised.
What does NAIDOC mean to you and your family?
We feel this is a great time to celebrate our Aboriginality.
As the winner of last year’s talent contest, you will perform as part of the official entertainment line-up at the 2017 NAIDOC Family Day. What will you perform?
I’ll be playing the didgeridoo and I might also sign an Aboriginal song. I am very excited!
*Booroobee: ‘Kangaroo do belong’ – Gandangara lingo