Why is he so surprised?
Even given the lack of cultural sensitivity expressed by many white Australians - aren't most people influenced by Black culture?
Why is it surprising that Ms Cornish would take her cultural queues from an era of the genre that produced Afrika Bambaata?
Wasn't Little Richard the model for many rockers of his era?
Wasn't Bird a seminal artist of his genre?
Wasn't it Cab Calloway who added some swing to the Big Band era?
Didn't Scott Joplin add a bit of Ragtime to the slow marches of his era?