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A series of digital concerts from the iconic Hamer Hall stage, featuring a lineup of home-grown musos. Streaming to you on Thursdays from the best seat in the house, your couch.

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When it comes to racialised discrimination and injustice, silence is violence - and that makes Sydney-based hip hop and freestyle artist Ziggy Ramo the roaring sound of peace.

Since his first release in 2016, Ramo’s razor-sharp lyricism and effortlessly cool musical talent have positioned him as an essential voice in Australia’s national conversation. In 2017, Ramo picked up West Australian Music (WAM) titles for 'Indigenous Artist of the Year' and 'Hip Hop Artist of the Year', as well as triple J Unearthed 'Artist to Watch'. He followed up with explosive live performances at Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival in 2018.

In music and life, he’s an activist, but he’s much more than that. From racial discrimination and toxic masculinity to trauma, mental health and even plain old love, Ramo is insightful, articulate and poignant with an infectious energy to match.

Ramo’s new release, Black Thoughts (2019), is an extended version of the artist’s 2016 debut EP by the same name. Written while hospitalised and on suicide watch four years ago, the album is now a source of healing for Ramo – though at the time, he thought of it as more of an obituary. He might have rediscovered strength and hope, but the conditions of systemic racism and injustice that brought him down in the first place are still at play. Recent attention on police brutality against people of colour and Aboriginal deaths in custody in both the United States and Australia bring his work on Black Thoughts into new focus.

 

Filmed in Hamer Hall on 23 June 2020.

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault. Supported by Victoria Together.

 

Band lineup

Ziggy Ramo - Vocal
Milan Ring – Guitar & Musical Director
Caleb Shand – Bass
Amaru Derwent – Keys
Dom Cabrera – Drums

 

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