Indigenous

Jimblah grasps Australia's burning issues

Phoenix
Jimblah
Elefant Traks
2013
www.elefanttraks.com

Most people fear fire, but Jimblah embraces it. The element flares up again and again in the rapper's searingly original work - from his first album, Face The Fire, to the one that just rose from its ashes, Phoenix.

Summer reading: recommended books of 2013

Green Left Weekly is taking a break for the summer from December 11 to January 22. To fill the void, it asked staff, contributors and others to recommend their favourite books of the year.

Rachel Evans
Green Left Weekly writer, activist, organiser
How to Make Trouble and Influence People
By Iain McIntyre
http://goo.gl/l7GOfx

Liberals or Labor is no choice, says Provocalz

Verbal Reality Volume 2
Provocalz
Coming October 2013
www.provocalz.bigcartel.com

Rapper Provocalz has dedicated a song to Australia's Liberal and Labor parties on his new album - but it won't be music to their ears.

On his track "Liberals or Labor", the Indigenous emcee suggests the two big parties are so contemptuous of voters that some, like him, might consider swapping their ballots for bullets:

Liberals or Labor, they both leave us to rot
So it's criminal behaviour, politicians get shot
Pop pop pop pop!
It's that real hip-hop, hip-hop

Provocalz, a provocative vocalist

Verbal Reality Volume One
Provocalz
Native Sun / Hustle Hard, 2012
$15
www.provocalz.bigcartel.com

"Every time you see in the media someone's been killed by police it always just happens to be an Aboriginal," says radical rapper Provocalz.

It's 9.30 on a Saturday morning and the south-west Sydney spitter is telling Green Left why he made his hard-hitting horrorcore track, "Cop Shot".

Barbara McGrady: pictures worth a thousand words

Visions in Black and White -
Images from Indigenous Australia

Redfern Community Centre, Sydney
Until June 24, 2013.
www.headon.com.au

"Ngurragah," says Barbara McGrady, and smiles. The word, pronounced "nuh-ruh-gah", is one of her favourite utterances. But this committed activist and community photographer won't be using it to describe her latest exhibition, being held as part of Head On, the second largest photography festival in the world.

Rapper Provokal takes his roots to the world

Music Therapy
Provokal
September 30, 2012
www.provokal.bandcamp.com

Provokal has worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop all over the world - but the rapper knows where his roots lie.

"Mununjali - that's the tribe," he tells Green Left. "Mununjali and Nunukul. Mununjali's down Beaudesert, and Nunukul's Stradbroke Island, so I've got a lot of family over there and Beaudesert - that's where most of the family's originated."

Rapper slams the Native Title Act as a 'white bible'

Deep Thought EP
Caper
April 5, 2013
www.caper.net.au

Rapper Caper slams the Native Title Act as a "white bible" on his latest release.

The Narungga emcee, who has worked as a Native Title field officer in South Australia for the past 10 years, raps on his track "The Writing's On The Wall":

A lot of misconceptions about us owning land
We don’t own any, man
I work for Native Title
The government is a rival
Assholes with a white bible

Campbell’s cuts make for razor-sharp rap

The Campaign
Kings Konekted
Class A Records
April 19, 2013
www.classarecords.com

Kings Konekted have just released some of the choicest cuts in Australian hip-hop - and they were inspired by some of the whackest cuts in Australian politics.

The Brisbane b-boys' new EP The Campaign paints a pretty gritty picture of life under cost-cutting Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

Remote rapper looks on the bright side of strife

The Bryte Side Of Life
Bryte
Too Solid / MGM
April 5, 2013
www.brytemc.com

Bryte's new album, The Bryte Side Of Life, may urge his listeners to think positive, but it's not all sweetness and light. The Aboriginal rapper has lost none of the political bite that snarled from his award-winning first album, Full Stop, four years ago.

The Perth-based performing poet kicks off his latest long-player with "World On Strike", a rallying call for global industrial action.

Aboriginal rappers reach out to Idle No More with free mixtape

Idle No More (Invasion Day) The Mixtape
Featuring K-Otic 1, Darah, Felon, Mr Forge, Toombs, Provocalz, Teila, Unda Dwella, Lorna Munro, Kaiyu, Boe Knows, Big Luke, Dubbzone
www.datpiff.com

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