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Yabun Festival
Featuring Dizzy Doolan
Saturday January 26, Sydney

When rapper Dizzy Doolan is asked whether her song "Women's Business" is inspired by the Aboriginal concept of secret women's business, she replies simply: "I was inspired to write 'Women's Business' purely because I was sick of seeing men disrespect women. I wanted to inspire women to be strong and to have a voice and be heard."

Left-wing singer-songwriter Rory McLeod is on a tour of Australia. As usual, the veteran English-born folk singer’s performances are not to be missed.

His six-week tour began at the Woodford Folk Festival, which he described as more diverse than other folk festivals he's been to. “You can be crossing 50 or 60 borders in a day [at Woodford]”, he told Green Left Weekly, referring to the wide variety of music styles presented.

From there, he will pass through all states and many towns — large and small.

A selection of this week's celebrity news...

Country singer Trace Adkins in Hot Water For Confederate Flag Earpiece. http://bit.ly/115BnCt

Tycoon Donald Trump says Chinese invented global warming to damage US business. http://on.fb.me/11xeFSY

Randy Blythe, singer with anti-Iraq war band Lamb of God, indicted for manslaughter. http://eonli.ne/SIjxR9

Chris Brown Returns to Twitter, Posts Scantily Clad Photo of Rihanna on Instagram. http://eonli.ne/QYzg1J

I Believe In Revolution
Darah
Darah Music
2012
www.darahmusic.tumblr.com

Darah says it was a fellow Aboriginal rapper who inspired him to take a more radical direction on his latest album, I Believe In Revolution. "This whole album was largely inspired by Big Luke’s album Message From A Black Man," the Victorian emcee tells Green Left.

Just as Big Luke took a no-holds barred approach on that album, so Darah has come out with both guns blazing on his latest effort. But Big Luke is not just an inspiration to Darah.

Forever
Kayemtee
Impossible Odds Records
2012
www.impossibleoddsrecords.com

Jimmy Barnes is probably the most heterosexual man in Australia - but he has now inspired probably the best homosexual rap tune to come out of the country.

The Cold Chisel frontman is famous for allegedly bedding more than 1000 women early on in his career. But Indigenous femcee Kayemtee has taken his band's highest-charting song, "Forever Now", and given it a radical twist.

Eklectic Methodz
Jpoint
Northern Orphanz Recordings
www.northernorphanz.webs.com

Rapper JPoint is building up a strong body of work - and not just in the music world. The Indigenous emcee runs his own record label, produces music for other artists and has a string of releases under his belt.

But he is also competing above the belt - by entering his first body-building contest. For JPoint, it's been a transformation.

Messages of support for Julian Assange from some of the 300 people at Green Left Weekly's 'defend WikiLeaks' dinner in November 10. Special guest was passionate advocate Christine Assange, the mother of the WikiLeaks founder, who gives a warm message to her son.

Verbal Diary
Sneake1
www.facebook.com/Sneake1Music

When George Sambo was about seven years old, he used a wad of crooked cash to shout all his mates sausage rolls. The Queensland schoolboy couldn't have known then that those fatty rolls would set him rolling on a path to making phat rolling beats. But that's what happened.

"The first time I stole was when I was, like, Grade Four, Five, jumping in someone's window," he tells Green Left, fresh from stepping off stage at the Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney.

The Debut Recordings Volume 1
Native Ryme
Native Ryme Entertainment Group
November 2012
www.nativeryme.com

When you're representing a culture that has lasted 60,000 years, it doesn't matter that your debut album has taken a mere 18.

"We've always prided ourselves on coming from a culture that's been a song and dance culture for millennia, you know," says C-Roc, whose rap group, Native Ryme, are only just releasing an album a generation after he formed the band in 1994.

I spoke with the Coup’s Boots Riley at an auspicious time. Right before calling him, I’d returned from a downtown rally of thousands of striking Chicago teachers and their supporters. It was arguably the most significant American labor battle in thirty years, trading in the calcified, ineffective style of “union-management cooperation” for an old school, knock-down, drag-out, class struggle unionism that gets actual results.

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