In an exclusively commissioned performance featuring a 10-piece band and specially-made visuals, Ziggy Ramo Burrmuruk Fatnowna presents his debut album Black Thoughts like never before as part of the Sydney Opera House's From Our House to Yours weekly program – a live-streamed hip-hop reckoning through love, compassion, dispossession and systemic racism envisioned for listeners from all walks of life.
A full length recording completed and then personally shelved for five years, Black Thoughts is a soulful opus that journey's through collective trauma and spiritual renewal that was released in response to this year's global Black Lives Matter movement to critical acclaim. A fiercely rapped reflection of Ramo's pain and passion for unity while weaving a rich tapestry of Aboriginal Songline traditions, Ramo has reimagined the album into a multimedia performance featuring brass, strings, and a full live band featuring all new animated illustrations by Kamsani 'Kambarni' Bin-Salleh (2018 WA Young Person of the Year).
Ziggy Ramo – an artist whose political lines and personal life blur into an iconoclastic voice reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, The Clash and Archie Roach – brings to life a powerful new statement of vulnerability and force through the global language of rap – a uniquely commissioned live performance that will make you smile, dance, cry and hold onto your community through the interweaving terrors of COVID-19 and colonial history.
Rhyan Clapham, aka DOBBY, is a Filipino and Aboriginal rapper, drummer and speaker. Direct from the Joan Sutherland Theatre, he combines his cultural stories and experiences to create rap that is timely, contagious and unforgettable.
Dance Rites — Australia’s First Nations dance competition — is the Sydney Opera House’s free, two-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance and cultures on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt each spring.