Watch Sampa The Great perform at the Black Lives Matter protest
Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people marched and protested throughout the country, not just in solidarity with the protests in the United States that have erupted in the last week in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, but to call for justice and an end to police brutality and systemic racism here as well. June 6th 2020 marked some of the biggest protests in this country ever, and many have taken to social media to share footage and photos of what was a historical day.
SAMPA THE GREAT was one of the many speakers on the day, and spoke to protesters gathered at the Melbourne rally about her own experiences with racism in this country. In a speech that she has since shared on social media, Sampa said “As Africans on the continent, we know how it feels to be under colonial rule as those systems are still the choking us ’til this day.”
My soul is soo full from being able to use my voice.
— Sampa The Great (@Sampa_The_Great) June 6, 2020
Sampa The Great also performed two songs for the crowd, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Final Form’ taken from her critically acclaimed 2019 album, The Return. Journalist Madaeline Hayman-Reber captured some of the performances which show Sampa joined by her sister, Mwanjé.
Sampa The Great and her younger sister perform. pic.twitter.com/f7K4VDSuSJ
— Madeline Hayman-Reber (@MadelineHayman) June 6, 2020
Recently, Sampa The Great also shared a new video of a performance she, Mwanjé and longtime collaborator Taudra did for Africa Day. She also has debuted a new documentary earlier this year all about the creative and personal process of her making The Return, which she won the Australian Music Prize for at the start of this year.
Words by Emma Jones
PURPLE SNEAKERS STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR SYSTEMIC RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY, AT HOME AND ACROSS THE WORLD.
BELOW ARE LINKS TO DONATE AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. #BLACKLIVESMATTER
The Justice Fund for David Dungay Jr who died in police custody
Free Her Justice Fund to raise funds for incarcerated Aboriginal women imprisoned for unpaid fines
Sisters Inside, an organisation that supports criminalised women and girls, and their children, both inside and outside prison
SIGN: Justice for George Floyd
DONATE: Minnesota Freedom Fund to post bail for arrested protestors in the US
Australian Indigenous Legal Services & Agencies you can donate to:
VIC – https://vals.org.au
NT – http://naaja.org.au
NSW & ACT – https://alsnswact.org.au
WA – https://als.org.au
SA – https://alrm.org.au
QLD – https://atsils.org.au
TAS – http://tacinc.com.au