Tonight I bring you an inspiring story about social change. It is about the B-town warriors, an indigenous hip hop group. Their mission is to raise awareness and create a medium for social change through their rap music. It has given them a voice, motivation for change and a vehicle for raising awareness of the issues they face on a daily basis.
The project, run by a registered charity in Byron Bay called Desert Pea Media, worked with a group of young Indigenous people enrolled at the Bourke High School. It was written, recorded and filmed over five days.
The Founder of Desert Pea Media, Toby Finlayson, has been visiting remote Indigenous communities for the last 15 years, helping locals to tell their stories through performance.
Hip hop gives voices to the oppressions of skin colour. This resonates strongly with the young Indigenous people and has become a powerful vehicle for telling their stories.
Desert Pea Media works with the youth to identify specific local issues such as smoking during pregnancy, bullying, suicide, mental health. They talk about them, where they emerged, why they exist, why it continues, how it would look in a perfect world – and what can be done on an individual, community and national level to solve the problems.
“So it’s about turning that conversation into really, really wonderful stories that can engage the whole country.”
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© Raili Tanska