This NAIDOC Week, we wanted to platform some of our favourite First Nations artists and the incredible music they've shared, exploring their own histories and lived experiences. From young, prolific rapper Kobie Dee, to the great, late, Uncle Jack Charles, this playlist is a just a drop in the bucket of First Nations-led storytelling.
Survive - Baker Boy, Uncle Jack Charles
Baker Boy released his debut album Gela in 2021, a 14-track journey with a long list of impressive features, but most poignant of them all is Survive, a heavy-hitting, high-energy track. Nestled amongst the deep bass lines and horn sections, is a powerful spoken piece by the late Uncle Jack Charles. The track is a powerful statement about modern capitalism and the issues First Nations communities are currently facing.
Shadows - Briggs, Troy Cassar-Daley
Briggs' Shadows is his spin on Cassar-Daley's own track, Shadows On The Hill, taking the track and blending it with his powerful, passionate rapping. It's a song about survival, resistance and acknowledgement of history.
Better In Blak - Thelma Plum
Better In Blak is one of Thelma Plum's most beloved tracks to date, the highest ranking song by an Indigenous artist in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2020, and it's an exploration of Plum owning her identity during a particular tumultuous period in her life. Her very own protest song, it captures anger, acceptance and triumph throughout her experiences as a First Nations woman in a way only Thelma can.
Listen to the entire playlist below.