Meet the lovely and spectacular Angeline the Disco Queen! She’s the first professional musician to be profiled as part of ‘Meet Botany’:
“I run a music appreciation classes for under 5’s at Circle Music in Botany – called ‘Shake & Stomp’ – with my cohort and business partner Lindy Sardelic (aka Windy Lindy).
We love the local beautiful children and families that we have met in Botany over the past 18 months. Some come in every once in a while and we also have our beautiful regulars, who I would like to say we now call friends.
We have watched the children grow, learn how to jump, get their mouths around the ABC (it’s a lot trickier than adults remember), babies being born and personalities emerging. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
On weekends I enjoy an early morning swim at Maroubra, a smiley Shake & Stomp class, hanging out with my beautiful baby bird (my daughter Sahana who is nearly 10, pictured above) and a chat with my mum in New Zealand. And good conversation and laughing – always laughter.
I’ve been an Early Childhood Educator for the past 12 years at an amazing centre at the University of New South Wales called Tigger’s Honeypot. It was a job that I ‘fell’ into, looking for work to support my career as a performer.
What I do as an educator is what I know: sing, dance, use silly voices – anything that will make the children laugh. Laughter is a great relationship starter!
‘Shake & Stomp Vol I’ is an album I recently released and it came about through simply trying to entertain the children I work with. About 7 years ago I picked up a Djembe and started playing it for the children, and then I started making up songs. Then we (me and the children) started making up songs and we all loved it!!
All of sudden I had all of these songs and I could see that the children loved and responded to them so I thought ‘I should do something with this’.
So I got together with my good friend and Producer, Syd Green (who I had previously recorded a grown-ups album with) and our friend Bongo in early 2014, and recorded four songs. Then I worked really hard and kept on writing with the children, and saved my pennies. Later in 2014 we got together again and recorded eight more songs.
I am so proud of the album and it makes me so happy. It makes me even happier that the group of children I worked so closely with and who inspired me for 2 years are actually on one of the tracks, Toys in Space. It’s a beautifully captured moment in time that will continue to resonate with more children.
I would love to win the 2015 Aria Award with it too, for ‘Best Children’s Album’!”
You can check out Shake & Stomp on Facebook and listen to and buy Angeline’s album here.
Good luck with the Arias Angeline and thanks for introducing yourself to Botany as part of ‘Meet Botany’ – a My Botany Life project which introduces locals. If you have suggestions for people to feature please get in touch via Facebook.