Dr Candace Kruger, Yugambeh Elder and Songwoman.
Candace is a Yugambeh yarrabilginngunn (song woman) and proud Kombumerri (Gold Coast) and Ngugi (Moreton Island) Aboriginal woman. She is an author, musician, composer, and educator, and is the founder and director of the Yugambeh Youth Choir, a south-east Queensland Indigenous language choir. Candace’s research interests are in the fields of Indigenous musicology, Indigenous knowledges, and Indigenous education. Candace’s co-composed Aboriginal song ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ was the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Online Orchestra, National 2021 piece, and her children’s book Yalgan Sun, written for the Gold Coast Suns AFL team, is a woven Yugambeh and English story. Candace is a lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University.