Music for buffaloes and punters alike

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Music for buffaloes and punters alike

By Vannessa Hearman

MELBOURNE — "Buffalo Music", a May 1 concert raising funds which will go to East Timorese farmers for buying buffaloes, attracted more than 500 people and raised almost $7000.

The crowd crammed into the Trades Hall building to hear a diverse range of music, including Paul Kelly, Painters and Dockers, Sally Dastey from Tiddas and several East Timorese bands. A video message from Xanana Gusmao was also screened.

Abel Guterres from the East Timor Relief Association encouraged the crowd to join the Free East Timor contingent in the May Day rally the next day.

Following the concert, Guterres said, "The buffaloes will be purchased in time for the beginning of the planting season in February next year, forming part of food security for the Timorese population".