Edited by Azizi Powell
Yothu Yindi - Treaty
Uploaded by ValorOfSoul on Mar 29, 2007
This post features five selected videos of music that is performed by indigenous Australian artists or groups that include indigenous Australian artists.
My thanks to all featured artists, and to the featured videos' producers & publishers.
Enjoy & be inspired!
[These videos are presented in no particular order.]
Video #1: Yothu Yindi - Treaty
This video is posted at the top of this page.
Here's some background information about that song:
"1988 marked the bi-centennary of British settlement in Australia, and it was in this year that Prime Minister Bob Hawke attended the Barunga Festival in a small Indigenous community south of Katherine. There, the Chairmen of both the Northern and Central Land Councils, Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Wenten Rubuntja, presented the Prime Minister with the Barunga Statement.
The Barunga Statement called on the Australian Government to recognise the rights of Indigenous land owners and to formalise a Treaty with them. It was bordered with Yol\u and central Australian designs, and was modelled on the Yirrkala Petition (1963) which the previous generation of Yolngu leaders had sent to the House of Representatives in protest against mining on the Gove Peninsula. Galarrwuy and Mandawuy’s own father was a signatory to this petition. On receiving the Barunga Statement (1988) at the Barunga Festival, Prime Minister Hawke vowed that his government would enter into a Treaty with Indigenous Australians by 1990. However, this promise would never be realised."
Click that link for more information about that song.
Video #2: Coloured Stone - "Black Boy"
Uploaded by nzoz1984 on Aug 17, 2007
Coloured Stone's promo-video for the hit single 'Black Boy'. (1984)
Video #3: Warumpi Band - My Island Home
Uploaded by nzoz1988 on Jan 4, 2008
Warumpi Band's promo-video for the single 'My Island Home' taken from the 1988 album 'Go Bush'.
Christine Anu made this song a hit when she did a cover of it in 1995.
Editor: Here's the link to a video of Christine Anu's cover of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSFGK9HlEto&feature=related
Video #4: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Baru
Uploaded by xxHideoutxx on Aug 8, 2011
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is an Indigenous Australian musician, who sings in the Yolngu language
[Editor: From the video viewer comment thread, I gathered that this song was included in Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu's 2011 Rrakala album.]
Video #5: Didgeridoo Dance Track
Here are threeo links to posts that focus on conditions of indigenous Australians particularly with regard to race & racism:
http://www.culturalsurvival.org/australia?gclid=COXLmrCdt68CFYRM4AodIVLTkQ "Aboriginal Australians—The State of Play"
http://culturematters.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/on-being-black-in-australia-and-the-us/ "On being “black” in Australia and the U.S."
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/09/responses-to-racism-hildas-story.html "Responses To Racism In Australia - Hilda's Story"
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