Ziggy Ramo – Little Things
What to expect?
See a powerful new performance take shape atop a Sydney icon
Imagine seeing Australia from a radical new perspective – and from the dizzying pinnacle of one of its most famous pieces of Western architecture. That was the spark behind rising hip-hop star Ziggy Ramo’s new video Little Things, a collaboration with the Sydney Opera House that sees the rapper astride the building’s iconic sails, reckoning with the nation’s colonial past to imagine an alternative future.
After a powerful performance of his debut album, Black Thoughts, during the Opera House’s 2020 Digital Season, Ramo began thinking “less about playing an iconic stage and more what I was able to do on it”. Reworking Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly’s 1991 protest song, ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, Ramo brings his signature rhymes to the tale of stolen land, while Kelly’s distinctive voice becomes a mantra summoning country to regenerate among the debris of colonialism.
You can also catch a specially commissioned Making of Little Things, which goes behind the scenes of the breathtaking, panoramic clip, and inside the song’s recording, which, as Ramo says, was “kinda like Paul and I were meeting 30 years ago, but also today”.