Hamer Hall, 8 December 2022
For one night only, cultural activist Gurridyula
will join the BLAKTIVISM
line-up in Naarm at Hamer Hall on Thursday 8 December
arriving straight from the lands currently being dug up to make the biggest mine in Australia’s history.
He will join Bart Willoughby, Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan, Fred Leone, Kee’ahn, Lou Bennett, Sprigga Mek, Sorong Samarai and Tasman Keith on the Hamer Hall stagefollowed by a huge set from Yothu Yindi whose voices have made powerful anthems across decades.
It’s been 447 days, and counting,but Gurridyula (Wedgetail Eagle) is still on the frontline of cultural activism at Waddananggu in ceremony against the world’s second richest man Guatam Adani and his Carmichael coal mine.
Gurridyula comes from a strong line of land rights activists but music has always been his way of spreading the message of inspiration and power to mobs across the continent to stand up and fight back.
“We have reoccupied our homelands on Adani’s fraudulent mining lease across from the pit and have continued a ceremony for over 447 days consecutively. The police have acknowledged our Human Rights and refuse to remove us under section 28 of the QLD Human Rights Act 2019,” said Gurridyula.
Having amassed nearly 30,000 followers on Tik Tok
, Gurridyula uses his widely popular platform to educate people about his experiences, culture and his powerful penmanship. His most notable track ‘Onamission’
has already garnered over 1 million views on Facebook for his powerful lyricism and distinctive production beats.
As a cultural Custodian of Wangan and Jagalingou country, Gurridyula grew up for the most part of his life in Brisbane as a part of the Brisbane blacks community finishing high school at Sunnybank State High School.
His music making began when he was nine-years-old busking in Southbank and the Queen Street Mall playing the yidaki.
BLAKTIVISM is a multi-act music and culture event presented by First Nations owned and operated Gaba Musik. It first came to be in 2021 in response to the Black Lives Matter movement which leapt out of the United States in 2020 and proliferated around the globe. Australia was no exception, but our movement has its own unique history and identity. The one-day concert features the truth-telling of Blak Activists in this country in a line-up of living legends and rising voices of First Nations musical activism.
Gaba Musik, ALWAYS LIVE and Arts Centre Melbourne present
Hamer Hall | 7:30pm
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