DRMNGNOW celebrates his favourite female Indigenous artists of right now
If you’re not already aware of who DRMNGNOW is, then you need to check out his new track ‘Indigenous Land’.
“It doesn't appear that people fully understand the depth of Indigenous spirituality and the power of this country,” the rapper told Double J’s Tim Shiel this week.
“We need more anthems. If people aren't aware, maybe we need to put some anthems out there for that. Also for the empowerment of our people; to feel strong and empowered, that there's anthems that represent them.”
But DRMNGNOW mainly dropped by to chat about the theme for this year’s NAIDOC week, Because of Her, We Can.
“The theme this year is just so beautiful,” he said. “I don't know if you can have another theme ever again now that we've had this theme.
We need more anthems.DRMNGNOW — Double J, 2018
“Indigenous women of this land and traditional custodians of this land, they still to this day have an amazing role within this community.
"There are some fantastic local traditional custodians of this land who are at the forefront of carrying on that spirit of this land. I really want to pay homage to that, first and foremost.”
And he also wanted to let us know about some of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are making amazing music right now.
“I'm really excited about the young sisters that are coming through, making music that has their own stamp of originality on it, doing it on their own terms,” he said.
“[They're] doing stuff that's super beautiful, but being really strong representatives of our culture and what it means to be Indigenous and to tackle a lot of the systems that affect and impact on us as Indigenous people to this day.
“It's incredible. If people realised the amount of talent coming through at the moment – particularly young sisters – I think there would be a massive paradigm shift in the music industry in this nation.”
Mojo Juju – ‘Native Tongue’
DRMNGNOW’s first choice is the brilliant new single from Mojo Juju, released just last week.
“It speaks about an issue that's prevalent for Indigenous people, largely in the south east but in other parts of the country.
“People must bear in mind that colonial impacts have been damaging across the whole nation. This track about Mojo's background speaks about the way culture was impacted to the point where a lot of people haven't been able to access it. They're only potentially just finding out now, some of them don't have a chance to find it.
“There's a really haunting pain that a lot of people still carry. I think Mojo is someone who embodies that in an amazing way, but, at the same time, there's this resilience and strength and this uprising you know is capable of anything. That excites me so much.”
Rebecca Hatch – ‘VIBES’
Rebecca Hatch was the winner of Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative from triple j Unearthed in 2017 and is already a name that R&B fans ought to be paying close attention to.
“I heard a voice that reminded me of a certain purity that was prevalent in 90s R&B and soul,” DRMNGNOW says of hearing Hatch for the first time.
“There was a very distinct time that occurred in the mid-90s that was beautiful and pure and there's been a real emergence of that.
“There's something about Rebecca that embodies this maturity in her voice that's incredibly beyond her years, but, at the same time, it carries that youthful optimism.
“It can be hard for young Indigenous sisters to carry that with them in the challenging environments they're in today. She's got this untouched, Utopian spirit about her.”
Ms.She. – ‘Same Crime’
“There was something really strong about the resilience in this young sister's voice that I heard, but it wasn't necessarily bitter or weighed down by a lot of the stuff that has occurred,” DRMNGNOW said.
“She'd captured the pain that had occurred, but was more so delivering a message for people to be like, ‘Okay, this is where we're at. these are some of the things we need to think about in regards to the position of Indigenous people in this land.'
“The lyrics are very on point, the delivery is very strong and there's a certain tone in the voice that I've never heard in hip hop in this country, and hopefully this artist does continue to create music. I feel like she's a voice that could really change a lot of things in this land, amongst all the other amazing sisters we've got coming through.”