"We want to celebrate our release with ‘OUR PEOPLE’ who continue to be locked away in cells from country and family and to let them know that we are with them."
First Nations music collective 3% - Nooky, Dallas Woods and Angus Field – have announced their first run of Australian tour dates, including performances in undisclosed prisons throughout Victoria this November.
In addition to those shows, 3% will make their first public appearance since their SXSW Sydney debut as part of ARIA’s Great Southern Nights initiative, putting on a free concert on Saturday, 25 November, at The Crown Hotel, Parramatta. They’ll be joined by special guest Jada Weazel.
The Parramatta Crown Hotel marks the site of 3%’s single launch of Our People, the dramatic call-to-arms that features a sample of The Presets’ hit, My People.
“It could have been easy and predictable for 3% to do a run of shows around our single OUR PEOPLE up the east coast of Australia. While planning a tour and hearing the news of another Black death in custody in WA, we paused to think about what it all means to us,” the trio commented in a press release.
Revealing their plans to take their “first-ever tour run into the prison system in Victoria”, 3% continued, “Five shows across five days taking our stories and our art to the mob locked up and trapped in this insipid cycle of poverty, injustice, incarceration, trauma and racism.”
The group’s goal is for listeners to understand how their first single “speaks to the serious issue of over 400 Black deaths in custody with no convictions. Kids as young as 10 years old locked up in criminal institutions – to be traumatised and damaged by the system, forever!”
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They added, “We want to celebrate our release with ‘OUR PEOPLE’ who continue to be locked away in cells from country and family and to let them know that we are with them, that they are loved and that we will use our voice and our music to scream loud and to let everyone know that we will not be silenced.
“We dedicate these shows to our people who have lost their lives while in custody. A multitude of Royal Commissions and yet, still no convictions! RIP to our fallen warriors & fuck the broken system!”
OUR PEOPLE is now on streaming services via 1788 Records and Virgin Music Australia.
More information here.