Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Despite genocide, "I Still Call Australia Home"

ABORIGINAL activists are using the cutting edge of the internet - including key sites like YouTube and MySpace - to get their increasingly sophisticated message across.

Following the Howard Government's "emergency intervention" to destroy land rights in the NT for the big mining and pastoral interests, calls for reconciliation and justice have been posted by campaigners and artists.

NSW hip-hoppers The Last Kinection posted their incredible version of Peter Allen's classic I Still Call Australia Home on YouTube and MySpace.

The threesome - Joel Wenitong, Naomi Wenitong and Jacob Turier - turn the song into a hip-hop lament which also samples Rolf Harris' Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport.

Wenitong, the band's emcee, is a university lecturer in Newcastle who has also gigged with award-winning hip hop group Local Knowledge.

His little sister Naomi is with the pop group Shakaya. The two joined Newcastle DJ, Jacob Turier to form The Last Kinection.

Watch and hear their track by clicking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGzoGhfM24A

It was posted on YouTube by a contributor using the name Tidda7 - a woman called Larissa - who says: "The song and the images tell the story...that we are a strong and proud people with a culture and tradition dating back 40,000 years...we are survivors of the Australian genocidal practices"

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