At a time when Australian bands like Men At Work, Midnight Oil, and INXS were reaching worldwide recognition, a number of Aboriginal rock and reggae bands were making their own waves in the music world. Names like Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, and others were getting broader interest from audiences and notched impressive record sales globally. All the while they faced considerable racism and their peoples’ land rights battles, themes that their songs often invoke. We’ll hear from some of those musicians about how they now look back on this important decade of music.
Dr. Shino Konishi (Yawuru woman), associate professor for the Australian Catholic University
Laurie May, poet and former label manager for CAAMA Music
Ricky Harrison (Kurnai man), singer/songwriter with No Fixed Address
Jason Lee Scott (Mirning/Wirrangu man), singer/songwriter
Break 1 music: Talkin’ Treaty (song) Blackfire [Australia] (artist) Regeneration (album)
Break 2 music: Blackbird Song (song) Emma Francisco, Frances Manuel, Joaquin Garcia & Lorenzo Pablo (artist)