Ziggy Ramo – Black Thoughts


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & YIRRAMBOI Festival


First Nations hip-hop artist Ziggy Ramo confronts racism in an unmissable, hard-hitting show as part of YIRRAMBOI Festival.

About this concert

In an exclusive performance for YIRRAMBOI Festival, First Nations hip-hop artist Ziggy Ramo presents his powerful work Black Thoughts. Released in the wake of the killing of African American citizen George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, Black Thoughts brings devastating insight into what it means to grow up black in Australia, and why we must end racism once and for all.

Unafraid to share uncomfortable truths, Ziggy delivers an extraordinary survey of historic wrongs and present-day tragedies. From the frontier wars and Australia Day to Adam Goodes, he lays bare his most candid reflections on systemic racism and intergenerational trauma. However, despite all the pain, what’s obvious is Ziggy’s passion for unity and spiritual renewal. Supported by a six-piece band, Ziggy interweaves his flows with brass, strings and exquisite backing vocals. Respecting his proud songlines, Ziggy defends black rights with some of the most powerful protest songs of recent history.

NME described Black Thoughts as ‘2020’s most important Australian album’ and the chance to hear it performed live is just as unmissable.

Praise for Ziggy Ramo

‘Slicing deep into important topics, Ziggy Ramo has become the catalyst for change.’ Triple J

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