Maylene Slater -Burns is a First Nations singer-songwriter, mentor, writer, activist and grassroots community worker.
From Melbourne, Victoria on Kulin lands, Maylene speaks and writes to inspire conversations about identity, connection, disconnection and vulnerability. In her song-writing, her storytelling has been described as raw, angelic, haunting, uplifting, empowering and thought-provoking leaving no stone unturned.
Through her parents, Maylene is part of the Kamilaroi, Wiradjuri, Yuin, Worimi, Ngunnawal, Gugu Djungan, Nywaigi, Garawa and Gangalidda tribes of the First Peoples, Australia. She has family ties to the Ngambri, Yanyuwa, Kuku Yalanji, Arrente, Walpirri, Yorta Yorta, Latji Latji, Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara, Gunai, Kurnai and Kulin nations.
Kulin is home.
Maylene is a proud activist for Aboriginal self-determination and loudly calls for Federal Government reform over the treatment of First Nations people in Australia.
Away from performances, Maylene is the Deputy Chairperson of Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation formed in 1994 incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act of 1976 by Aboriginal musicians and community leaders. Songlines aim is to provide a platform to advocate as a collective voice for greater recognition of contemporary Aboriginal Music as an important cultural art form. Operating in the thriving Melbourne music scene for over two decades Songlines has achieved great success gaining a wider acceptance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Music.
Songlines represents the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music sector and provides opportunities for Victorian based Indigenous musicians and performers to develop skills, showcase their artistic abilities and engage with the arts sector at an industry standard.
” Listening for the sounds of the land and the universe. “Maylene,
kutjun gulu (morning star)
She is The Business Development Manager (Volunteer) for Wandarra Aboriginal Corporation, a community gathering place that provides opportunities for Aboriginal people in Broadmeadows and surrounding areas to connect and access information and support.
She is a member of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee(2019 – ), Victorian NAIDOC and National NAIDOC is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.
Lastly, she is a member of The Grasstree Gathering (2012- ), a national, inter-denominational and non-denominational event which brings together emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders from across Australia and from across denominations and churches. Grasstree Gathering’s vision is to celebrate, encourage, equip and inspire an emerging generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Leaders.
In recent years, Maylene was a member of the Dhumba Committee for TEAR Australia, she delivered National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (2014-2018) for SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and assists in all things creative and strategic towards blackfulla music, healing, advancement and expression.
In an important time for healing and restoring peace for the human story, Maylene is the Founder of The Mindful Mob Cohort and Mindful Mob Collective, an online platform and global community encouraging healing in Blackfullas, First Nations mob and Allies by the way of sharing quotes, thoughts, prime practices, screen stories, lived experiences and inspirations relating to mindfulness, inner life, balance, philosophy, self-care and spirituality.
I’d like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which I live, the Kulin Nation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from our many nations and all First Nations people whose culture and songline is thriving today, in and across the world.
ABN 32 828 574 289 © Maylene Slater-Burns