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July 7, 2014 6:46 PM   Subscribe

It's NAIDOC week in Australia. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which dates from the 1920s. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. ... Music and more inside.

Warumpi Band, "Blackfella, Whitefella" (1998)

Archie Roach, "All Men Choose the Path they Walk"" - scene from the film "The Tracker" (2002)

Ruby Hunter [R.I.P.] "Down City Streets" (2009)

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, "Goporu" (2011)

And of course, Yothu Yindi, "Treaty" (Gurrumul on keyboards, lead vocals by his cousin Mandaway Yunupingu, R.I.P. previously)

Want more? ABC Digital Radio is playing Aboriginal and Islander music and documentary material all week. Click the Listen Live link in the right sidebar, not the Listen Online in the header.
posted by valetta (7 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I saw Yothu Yindi perform in about 1990. Greatest live concert I ever saw, and actually nothing else has come close. Thanks for the memory.
posted by jcworth at 8:20 PM on July 7, 2014

I'm not normally up so late listening to the radio, but last night's roots 'n all program on triple J featured an interesting interview with Bart Willoughby from 1991 about his band No Fixed Address and their song We Have Survived and its influence on mainstreaming indigenous music. The program can be listened to from the side bar (geoblocking not withstanding). The interview is at about 2hrs 20mins. I felt slightly less ignorant afterwards.
posted by adamt at 9:07 PM on July 7, 2014

Thanks for these music vids! I've been following Luke Pearson and IndigenousX on Twitter and its been an education for me in modern Aboriginal and Islander politics. Mostly I just keep my mouth shut and my eyes and ears open, but I highly recommend them to people looking for updtes on indigenous contributions to society. Plus Pearson is pretty quick on the groan-worthy puns and hashtag jokes, which I love.
posted by harriet vane at 11:39 PM on July 7, 2014

It's an oldie but still one of my favourite songs: Dancing in the Moonlight by Coloured Stone
posted by h00py at 1:20 AM on July 8, 2014

And for something more recent, I'm a big fan of Dan Sultan too.
posted by h00py at 1:28 AM on July 8, 2014

Great post, thanks! A few more:

Kev Carmody, Paul Kelly and Tiddas: From Little Things, Big Things Grow

Tiddas: Ignorance is Bliss

Tiddas: Anthem

Tiddas: Koori Woman

Christine Anu: My Island Home (and Warumpi Band's original)

And my Warumpi Band post from last year, when I was feeling very homesick late one night.
posted by goo at 10:56 AM on July 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

goo, thanks for linking to your last year's post. I guess I used a different vid of "Blackfella, Whitefella". It didn't show up in the list of older links, otherwise I would've added a "previously". Some good information in there.
posted by valetta at 8:47 AM on July 9, 2014

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