Pioneering hip-hop artist Ziggy Ramo headlines free performance next week

Indigenous Australian singer, songwriter and activist Ziggy Ramo appears in Prince Bandroom on July 30.

The Australian hip-hop artist is known for his lyrics that delve deeply into topics that matter. He tackles race relations, toxic masculinity, sanity and true love with unwavering honesty and is an incredibly important voice on the Australian music scene. He will perform at St Kilda’s own Prince Bandroom, along with supporting acts Charlie Needs Braces and Kiwat Kennell.

What you need to know

  • Ziggy Ramo plays in the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda
  • He is supported by Charlie Needs Braces and Kiwat Kennell
  • The show will take place on Thursday 30 June – entry is free

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black thoughts, released in 2020, was a phenomenally significant album that shot Ziggy Ramo into the public eye. It champions vital and powerful messages that have captured the attention of listeners and commentators across the country. Representing Indigenous Australian perspectives in rap, black thoughts combats colonial expropriation, systematic racism and intergenerational trauma.

Now that the album has been nominated for the Australian Music Prize’s Album of the Year award, he has performed it live at the Sydney Opera House. In addition, he was the headline artist at the hip-hop final competition of the Adelaide festival. With an all-indigenous lineup, he performed alongside Jimblah, JK-47 and J-Milla.

An undisputed voice of the future, Ramo released black thoughts in June 2020 in response to the police murder of George Floyd. Originally written in 2016, Ramo was concerned about how an album that confronts systematic racism head on would be received at the start of his career. Four years later, it was released in a climate of people being forced to confront racial inequality, with its raw emotion and uncompromising message bringing Ramo into the public eye. Using his art to break down barriers for himself and future generations, he is an undisputed voice of the future of Australian music.

He also recently released a reworked version of ‘Little Things’. After the Gurindji strike, orchestrated by Indigenous activist Vincent Lingiari, it is a classic protest song by Paul Kelly. Clocking in at nearly seven minutes, it received much acclaim and radio play — even being used as a teaching aid in schools.

Ziggy Ramo’s support on the evening is Charlie Needs Braces. The latest project from Naarm musician and proud GuriNgai wife, Charlie Woods, she performed on stage with outfits such as Teskey Brothers, The Seven Ups, Ogopogo, WVR BABY and TEK TEK Ensemble. An inspired multi-instrumentalist, her work features live looping. A solo project that uses original compositions, it is inspired by her new braces and teaches about her family’s Aboriginal heritage.

Kiwat Kennell, a Torres Strait Islander who walks between two worlds, also joins the lineup on the night. Born in Meanjin, QLD, he has traveled and lived in countless towns and cities on the East Coast before settling into the cultural and musical kaleidoscope that is Naarm.

He uses his past experiences with strength, courage and overcoming depression to create a vast array of musical expressions that mix genres, evoke emotions and break down cultural barriers between social groups. Kiwat Kennell, part of the award-winning band Key Hoo, is a survivor, creator and leader who stands up for himself and makes his voice heard.

Set times:

  • Doors: 7 p.m.
  • Kiwat Kennell: 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Charlie needs braces: 20:20 – 20:50
  • Ziggy Ramo: 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM

Ziggy Ramo, one of Australia’s best voices in hip-hop, should not be missed. This Thursday, June 30, it all takes place in Prince Bandroom. The best part? It’s a free gig.

Prince Bandroom is located at 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Read more by going here.

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