And In Arts News
November 29, 2021
In juvenile detention, she would write “really radical raps” that rattled her supervisors.
Why, yes, I am reading the Guardian. Where the paper’s Janine Israel is positively gushing over aboriginal rapper Barkaa and her “politically potent” music.
The Malyangapa Barkindji woman… is on the verge of releasing her debut EP, Blak Matriarchy,
You know you want to.
Based in south-west Sydney, Barkaa takes her moniker from the Barkindji word for the Darling River. She comes across as warm and humble,
Warm and humble. An interesting choice of words. And followed almost immediately by:
Earlier this year she played the Sydney Opera House forecourt, the lights of the harbour stretched out before her as she performed her song Bow Down: “They used to look down on me / Look who’s looking up now. Bow down.”
Regarding said ditty, our mistress of the surly pose and monotonous loop informs us,
Bow Down is one of my favourite tracks to perform because a lot of people growing up [were like]: ‘Oh you’re not going to be much, you’re just going to be a lowlife, you’re just going to be a junkie, you’re not going to get anywhere, you’re just going to be in and out of prison.’ It’s kind of like: middle fingers up to them.
Same article, seconds earlier:
Born Chloe Quayle, the 26-year-old rapper was a former teenage ice addict who did three stints in jail – during her last, five years ago, she gave birth to her third child.
Despite three children, no father, or fathers, are mentioned. Well. Perhaps we should move on.
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