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Statement Uluru

© Tony Smith 2019

Australian governments ask Indigenous people to tell them how to address the issues caused by dispossession. Patiently, Indigenous Australians consult widely and then make specific suggestions. Inevitably governments procrastinate and fail to act on these proposals. The latest of these the Statement from the Heart, delivered at Uluru, which emphasised the need for a Treaty, Truth and a Voice, is suffering the same fate as previous reports.
There came a statement from the heart
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inviata da Tony Smith 8/11/2019 - 04:26
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Continuate a uccidere il poeta

2018
Nuovo Cantacronache 4

L’urgenza di un Nuovo Cantacronache in questi tempi così svuotati di senso e bellezza è un fatto scontato.

Dal gruppo torinese che si proponeva di “evadere dall’evasione”, Igor Lampis raccoglie il testimone del rigore programmatico, del taglio narrativo, della versificazione incalzante in rima baciata, dell’osservazione acuta che si fa invettiva, tra sberleffo e dramma, declinando il tutto con un’attitudine punk che schiaffeggia in maniera provocatoria il belcanto, le buone maniere e qualsiasi deriva estetizzante per dire con schiettezza vino al vino e pane al pane.

Lampis narra con il piglio del cantastorie l’epopea sommersa della gente comune, quella che se la passa male, quella che si arrangia di lavoro in lavoro, vessata dall’opprimente assenza dello Stato. La sua è la voce del guastafeste che canta fuori dal coro: la voce di chi rifiuta l’omologazione,... (continua)
Continuate a uccidere il poeta,
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inviata da Dq82 4/2/2019 - 13:29
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Pushed

Historians have barely begun to document the terrible effects on Aboriginal people of the European invasion of Australia since 1788. One problem is that the European approach to evidence relies heavily on written documents. Indigenous memory on the other hand is found in oral narratives. This song tells the story of a massacre in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales and of the conflict over what counts as evidence. It is time we abandoned our patronising attitudes and acknowledged the validity of Indigenous epistemology.
Pushed!
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inviata da Tony Smith 29/12/2018 - 22:20
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Stolen Generation

2016
S/T
Extract. Misplace. Dissolve. Culture. 
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inviata da Dq82 1/6/2018 - 21:02
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Peter Norman

2018
Breve danzò il Novecento

Olimpiadi di Città del Messico, 1968. Finale della gara dei 200 metri piani. Rimane certamente un'icona del '900 quella foto in bianco e nero di due atleti sul podio, a piedi scalzi e il pugno guantato di nero alzato verso il cielo, Tommie Smith e John Carlos, a rivendicare dopo la loro "gara della vita" dignità e diritti per il popolo afroamericano.
Ma c'è un terzo uomo, spesso dimenticato, in quella foto: il secondo arrivato, un australiano dalla pelle bianca, Peter Norman. Partecipa alla premiazione con un'aria che appare smarrita, fino talvolta a cogliere in quell'espressione una dissociazione o quanto meno un distacco da quella manifestazione storica, di una storia che non è la sua. Ma Peter Norman è probabilmente il vero eroe tragico di quella serata, destinato a pagare il prezzo più alto. In un moto d'amore, o di semplice umanità, decide di unirsi simbolicamente... (continua)
Io lo sapevo che non era il vento
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9/3/2018 - 23:45
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No More Boomerang

1968
Dark-eyed daughter
Pubblicato con il nome Phyl Vinnicombe (Lobl è il cognome da sposata)
Words: Walker (Noonuccal)
Tune: Lobl

'The 1967 referendum in which 90% of the Australian Community voted in favour of deleting sections of the Constitution discriminating against Aborigines showed goodwill. To enable Aborigines to become independent, self-reliant people this goodwill must be translated into active and positive attitudes. Together we must build a nation where dark and white live in harmony with growing understanding and respect for one another, mutually contributing to the enrichment of our Commonwealth. This is the challenge of these songs and of the present day Aboriginal advancement movement.'
 
This is still the challenge but now many aboriginal people show us the value of their culture, they show us the meaning of resilience, they show us the way ahead, they show us how... (continua)
No more boomerang no more spear,
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inviata da Dq82 5/1/2018 - 13:28
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When Cathy Runs

[2000]
2016
Searching for Rewind

Cathy Freeman medaglia d'oro sui 400 metri alle Olimpiadi di Sidney. Nel giro d'onore sfilò anche con la bandiera aborigena, nonostante il divieto, così come aveva fatto già ai giochi del Commonwealth nel 1994.
Dopo il suo ritiro sportivo si è dedicata a svariate attività sociali ed educative per gli aborigeni.


I soprusi vendicati in pista dall'oro di Cathy Freeman

di Emanuela Audisio

Partì, arrivò, vinse. Era la sua corsa, il suo paese, il suo pubblico. Fece una cosa umile: stette lì inginocchiata sulla pista, davanti a 112.524 spettatori. Finalmente non era più prigioniera, ma simbolo di un paese, di una riconciliazione, di un futuro.

Aveva la bocca e la lingua secca, e un body integrale che la faceva sembrare una crociata fuori posto. Invece Cathy Freeman era al posto giusto: prima nei 400 metri, primo oro aborigeno e prima atleta, ultima tedofora,... (continua)
Not the best of starts - Just five and a half - Family torn apart
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inviata da Dq82 2/1/2018 - 14:38
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Stolen Generations

2005
Walking This Land

The inspiration for this song came after reading some testimony given to the Stolen Generationenquiry and my recollection of an old Cinesound documentary about two small aboriginal girls who were taken from their family and adopted by a white family. The storyline was to show how 'lucky' these girls were to be given a real chance at life. My lasting image of that documentary was at the end when the girls (in new white frilly dresses) were being led up to their new bedroom and the commentator said - ‘yes dreams really do come true’.
Well he stroke my hair and he pat my back, then he tell me I look fine
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inviata da Dq82 8/10/2017 - 21:06

Sweet Child of Mine

2005
I'll be the One

A well-known Larrakia singer and community leader in Darwin, Northern Territory, June Mills blends country and western with her Phillipino/East Timorese musical heritage through use of organ, vocals and acoustic guitar. In her song “Sweet Child of Mine” on her albumI’ll Be the One (2005) she sings of the sorrow of the mother who hopes her child will remember her family and her identity. The song also emphasizes the loss of language, culture, and identity of children who were forcibly removed from their families.
The impact of the Stolen Generation policies has left its mark on Mills’ family as her grandmother was taken from her family when she was 6 years old. Mills states, “My grandmother was taken away from her tribal country when she was about 6 years old and given a new name. She grew up in Katherine and had nine children, she gave birth to all her children at... (continua)
Remember your name
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inviata da Dq82 8/10/2017 - 20:41
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Brown Skin Baby (They Took Me Away)

1970

QUesta canzone scritta da Bob Randall racconta la sua esperienza di bambino rubato, come avveniva per i figli degli aborigeni in nome dell'assimilazione culturale.

Bob Randall’s Brown Skin Baby, recorded in 1970, was one of the first songs written about the Stolen Generations. The song explores Randall’s own traumatic past of being “stolen”, echoing the voice of his mother as she cries and grieves for her “brown skin baby”. The song’s reception brought the events of the Stolen Generations to national and international audiences. It is not surprising that it quickly became an anthem for Indigenous communities (Barney & Macklinary, 2010).

The song is autobiographical. It begins by discussing Randall’s early life. As a boy, he spent the first years of his life on a farm in the Northern Territory with his family, riding a pony. Aware that he was at risk of being taken, the women in... (continua)
My brown skin baby, they take him away
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inviata da Dq82 8/10/2017 - 17:09
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The Children Came Back

2014

In celebration of 2014’s Naidoc Week, Briggs, along with Gurrumul, Dewayne Everettsmith and B2M performed “The Children Came Back” live on Australian radio-station Triple J as part of their long running segment ‘Like A Version’.

A year later in lead up to Naidoc Week 2015 and the release of Archie Roache’s 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Charcoal Lane,’ a studio version was released of the song.

The song is somewhat of a triumphant sequel to Archie Roach’s deeply sad “They Took the Children Away”

The first verse of Brigg’s version makes references a number of successful contemporary indigenous people including Gavin Wanganeen, Anthony Mundine, Adam Goodes, Patty Mills and Cathy Freeman. The second verse delves a little deeper into past figures such as Doug Nicholls, Lionel Rose & William Cooper. The third verse finds Brigg’s bringing it back a closer to home. In this verse he makes... (continua)
I'm Fitzroy(1) where the stars be
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inviata da Dq82 2/10/2017 - 22:51
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Solid Rock

1982
Spirit of place

Shane Howard had an epiphany when he went camping out near Uluru in 1981. That's when the idea for his song Solid Rock came into his head.
Solid Rock was Howard's response to the injustices he saw in some of Australia's indigenous communities in 1981.

I realised that this country that I grew up in, that I thought was my country, wasn't. I had to reassess my whole relationship with the land and the landscape, and understand that we had come from somewhere else, and we had dis-empowered a whole race of people when we arrived.

— Shane Howard
Out here nothin' changes, not in a hurry anyway
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inviata da Dq82 2/10/2017 - 21:11
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Genocide

1981
Lyrics and music by Peter Butler and Wally McArthur

Wrong Side Of The Road is a ground breaking 1981 Australian film, road movie, rock documentary, musical drama, it followed 2 days of life on the road for two Aboriginal rock/reggae bands which were largely unknown to mainstream Australia: No Fixed Address e Us Mob.
Its a great film it tackled the taboo subject of racism in Australia head on, a topic which one would say still is pretty taboo.
Each band gets a side each on the album, No fixed address later released their groundbreaking Ep "From My Eyes"
They promise us this,
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inviata da Dq82 30/9/2017 - 15:44
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Black Man's Rights

1981
Lyrics and music by Bart Willoughby

Wrong Side Of The Road is a ground breaking 1981 Australian film, road movie, rock documentary, musical drama, it followed 2 days of life on the road for two Aboriginal rock/reggae bands which were largely unknown to mainstream Australia: No Fixed Address e Us Mob.
Its a great film it tackled the taboo subject of racism in Australia head on, a topic which one would say still is pretty taboo.
Each band gets a side each on the album, No fixed address later released their groundbreaking Ep "From My Eyes"
I am a black, black man
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inviata da Dq82 30/9/2017 - 15:28
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We Have Survived

1981
Lyrics and music by Bart Willoughby

Wrong Side Of The Road is a ground breaking 1981 Australian film, road movie, rock documentary, musical drama, it followed 2 days of life on the road for two Aboriginal rock/reggae bands which were largely unknown to mainstream Australia: No Fixed Address e Us Mob.
Its a great film it tackled the taboo subject of racism in Australia head on, a topic which one would say still is pretty taboo.
Each band gets a side each on the album, No fixed address later released their groundbreaking Ep "From My Eyes"
You can't change the rhythm of my soul,
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inviata da Dq82 30/9/2017 - 15:05
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Blackfella/Whitefella

1985
Blackfella/Whitefella
1986
Big Name, No Blankets

In Australia la segregazione razziale è stata, ed è, paragonabile a quella vigente negli Stati Uniti o all'Apartheid Sudafricana. Ancora nel 2012 sono state promulgate leggi che creavano leggi ad hoc solo per gli aborigeni.

Questa canzone della band country Australiana Warumpi composta da musicisti sia bianchi che aborigeni auspica un futuro in cui non conti il colore della pelle
Black fella, white fella
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inviata da Dq82 27/9/2017 - 18:37
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This Heroes' Land

This Heroes’ Land
© Tony Smith 2017

During war time, Indigenous Australians have served gallantly in the armed forces. Until recently they were barely recognised. But an even greater injustice occurred when the children of some serving soldiers were forcibly removed to institutions.
Barney and Jess were teenage friends
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inviata da Tony Smith 23/9/2017 - 06:19
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Wiradjuri Country

Wiradjuri Country
© Tony Smith 2013

I live on land in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The land was taken by force from the Wiradjuri people.
The song is my attempt to acknowledge the history of dispossession.
I used the tune to 'Joe Hill' after hearing Paul Robeson sing this union song.
The place I live in has a past
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inviata da Tony Smith 22/9/2017 - 02:48
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Incident, Wallis Plains, 1826

Incident, Wallis Plains, 1826
© Tony Smith 2017

John Eckford, brother of my 3 x great grandmother Jane, had an eventful life. Born in 1801, he was involved in the mistake which led to his father William being condemned to death for sheep stealing. He was appointed Constable at Wallis Plains (Maitland) in 1825.
Following violence between settlers and Aboriginal people, Governor Darling despatched Lt Lowe to the ‘frontier’. Colonial Secretary Bathurst issued orders that the raids of the locals should be repelled just as would raids by any other ‘state’. Aboriginal people were to be considered invaders in their own land.
Lowe was committed for trial following the summary execution of a prisoner ‘Jacky Jacky’. He was quickly found not guilty by the jury which consisted mainly of army officers. During the trial, the question arose of whether Aboriginal people were subjects of the crown and... (continua)
Come hearken to my story, the saddest of tales
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inviata da Tony Smith 20/9/2017 - 23:30
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The Drover’s Boy

‎[1982]
Parole e musica di Ted Egan.
Nel disco “The Drover's Boy - A Celebration of Australian Women” pubblicato nel 2002‎
Testo trovato su Mudcat Café.

‎"Up to around 1940 much of the work on frontier cattle stations in northern Australia was ‎performed by Aboriginal women. They did most of the domestic work, but many of them also ‎worked as "stockmen" as they called themselves, and they made a marvelous contribution to the ‎pastoral industry. Some worked as drovers, taking cattle on long trips interstate.‎
Because there had been so much ill-treatment and exploitation of Aboriginals, laws were passed ‎preventing non-Aboriginal men from 'being in the company of Aboriginal women'. Marriage or ‎association was only possible if permission was given by the Chief Protector of Aboriginals. Often ‎Aboriginal women were dressed as 'boys' to defy these laws. More often than not this was ‎implemented... (continua)
They couldn't understand why the drover cried
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inviata da Bernart 22/7/2013 - 16:07
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Black Deaths in Custody

[1987]
Album "Pillars of Society"
There's one Black brother dead
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inviata da Alessandro 5/10/2009 - 13:57
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Thou Shalt Not Steal

[1987]
Album "Pillars of Society"

In the song "Thou Shalt Not Steal", Carmody draws attention to the hypocrisy of British settlers who broughtChristianity to indigenous Australians, including the commandment prohibiting theft, and yet took the land that the Aboriginal people had inhabited for more than 60,000 years. He emphasises the importance of land to the indigenous people, "The land’s our heritage and spirit", and turns the Christian lesson given to indigenous people around: "We say to you yes, whiteman, thou shalt not steal"
In 1788 down Sydney Cove
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inviata da Alessandro 5/10/2009 - 11:52
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From Little Things Big Things Grow

[1991]
Album "Comedy", con la formazione "Paul Kelly & The Messengers"
Scritta da Paul Kelly con Kev Carmody
Incisa anche da Carmody nel suo album del 1993 intitolato "Bloodlines"

La canzone parla del lungo periodo di scioperi, iniziato nel 1966, che in Australia vide protagonisti gli aborigeni dell'etnia Gurindji - guidati dal leader Vincent Lingiari - contro la società Vestey che a Kalkaringi (poi Wave Hill), sulle terre dei nativi, aveva insediato un'azienda di allevamento dove i proprietari originari, esautorati da ogni diritto sulla terra, venivano sfruttati come veri e propri schiavi e tenuti in condizioni di vita disumane...
La lotta dei Gurindji portò qualche anno dopo all'approvazione dell'Aboriginal Land Rights Act (1976).
Gather round people I'll tell you a story
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inviata da Alessandro 5/10/2009 - 11:12
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Whose hand?

[1964]
Album "The Ballad of Women"
Testo di anonimo, messo in versi da uno studente del Queensland di nome Ian Hills.


Deportati da Mapoon

Negli anni '50 nella penisola di Cape York nel Queensland australiano furono scoperti importanti giacimenti di bauxite. Peccato che su quelle terre ci vivessero da sempre alcune comunità aborigene, quelle di Mapoon e di Lockhart River.. Ma il governo non ci pensò due volte su e deportò in massa i nativi concentrandoli a Bamaga, un'area molto ristretta dell'estremo nord della penisola. I villaggi delle comunità di Mapoon prima e più tardi quelle di Lockhart River, dove gli abitanti resistettero ai tentativi di deportazione fino al 1971, furono completamente rasi al suolo...
(fonte: en:wikipedia)
It was late one Friday afternoon
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inviata da Alessandro 30/9/2009 - 12:01




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