Christine Anu burst onto the music scene in the mid 90s with her version of “My Island Home”, which became an iconic national song, reflecting Australia’s island identity, and the islands of the Torres Strait, where Christine’s ancestors come from.
Born in mainland Queensland, Christine moved away from home when she was 17 to pursue a career as a dancer. She joined the Bangarra Dance Company, where she met singer/songwriter Neil Murray who invited her to sing, thus launching her singing career.
Christine feels that in moving away from home, and pursuing her dancing and singing career, she’s moved away from her culture. Having two children of her own – a son, Kuiam, 12, and daughter, Zipporah (Zippy), 6 – she now feels it’s the right time to re-connect with her culture, and learn her ancestors’ names.
During her WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? journey, she would like to understand why music is so important to her, and whether she has singers in her family.