Posts tagged: NAIDOC
Bit late with this one, but HAPPY NAIDOC 2012.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year the theme celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.
For me this years NAIDOC has been a bit bittersweet. On one hand, there seems to be an abundance of events this year and it’s great to see an explosion in the sharing of stories of life, excellence, and culture through social media. On the other hand, a dark cloud set in over many of us last week with the passage of the “Stronger Futures” legislation.
Personally, I have been a bit down and disillusioned by that last fact. I never thought in my lifetime I could honestly see so many things go backwards with regards to Indigenous rights. It’s disheartening & it’s kept me from writing anything on NAIDOC until now. Especially given the theme for this year. But, I draw strength from my brothers and sisters, Aunts and Uncles that keep on fighting on. MY heroes, that inspire me and help my refocus. And as always, I turn to my music.
Tonight I caught the new clip from The Last Kinection. Find A Way is one of my favourite tracks off the Next of Kin album, and now we have a clip for it. And as they say:
FIND A WAY OR MAKE ONE!!!
If you’re looking for something to do this NAIDOC I recommend checking out the NAIDOC website for info NAIDCO and events around the country. For some inspiration, check out the ABC Open Dreambox project, the IndigenousX twitter account and Deadly Bloggers.
Briggs: Wrong Brother
Anyone who knows me knows that Briggs is one of my favourite MCs. Yorta Yorta brotha hailing from Shepparton, I’ve posted heaps of his shit on here already so it was never going to be long before he was one of my NAIDOC feature tracks. Wrong Brother was the lead single of his freakin dope 2010 debut album The Blacklist.
Jimblah: Face the Fire
Jimblah is a Larrakia MC and producer hailing from Adelaide. I first heard of Jimblah when he took out the inaugural Hilltop Hoods Initiative in 2007. I then got to catch him live for the first time when he toured with A-Love on her Main Ingredient tour. Have been keen ever since for the pending solo release.
Face the Fire, is the title track of Jimblah’s recently released debut album.
And the AMAZING acoustic version: If you want to hear some more Indigenous music, ABC radio is running a special ABCNAIDOC digital channel all this week.
And the AMAZING acoustic version:
If you want to hear some more Indigenous music, ABC radio is running a special ABCNAIDOC digital channel all this week.
Welcome to NAIDOC Week 2011
NAIDOC Week is an annual week (this year it runs 3 - 10 July) to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In this country there is a lot that we have had to fight. Something that unfortunately still carries on so strongly is that we are told that we are not worthy. We are told that we are lesser. That we were/are a week people. That our culture is lesser, and that we should not be proud of our culture. That we should be ashamed of it.
Everything that has been thrown at us - invasion, wars, massacres, genocide, poisoning, stolen generationS, dispossession, institutionalisation, rape….. The list goes on. You threw the best of colonisation at us, and we are STILL here. Despite all that! Yes, we have the ongoing trauma and problems that comes with this history, but, our culture is STILL here. We are proud. We are strong. WE HAVE SURVIVED!!!
So, I’m going to post a song each day to mark NAIDOC week. Kicking off with the track that I have loved since I was a youngen & I always pump whenever I’m feeling proud -No Fixed Address: We Have Survived.