Tasman Keith Releases New Track Amid Failed Voice Referendum: 'Change Is Uncomfortable But Necessary'

17 October 2023 | 9:48 am | Jessie Lynch

“This song isn’t about division, if anything it’s the complete opposite. It’s calling it for how it is so we can acknowledge it and take the steps individually and as a nation."

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Gumbaynggirr rapper Tasman Keith has dropped a scathing new track titled LEFT RIGHT in light of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum failing to pass.

The statement piece, Keith said, was recorded, shot, mixed, and mastered this week after it was revealed that only 39.6% of the population voted in favour of bringing an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the country's constitution, while 60.4% ruled it out.

“I wrote this song in November last year, at the time it felt like it wouldn’t truly be heard,” Keith explained to Purple Sneakers.

“The song is bigger than the referendum and, if anything, is a thought piece that I’ve been sitting with for a while - now I just feel this country is ready to hear it.”

“I reached out to a few people to get it across the line all in one day which was ambitious but did it. Re-record, re-produce, film the video, edit the video, mix and master the joint, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

He continued, “This song isn’t about division, if anything it’s the complete opposite. It’s calling it for how it is so we can acknowledge it and take the steps individually and as a nation. Change is uncomfortable, but it’s necessary.”

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It comes after the Bowraville talent expressed his major disappointment over the country’s choice to not bring an Indigenous Voice to Parliament after last weekend’s referendum.

“It should have been entirely up to us to say what we as people need. 3% could never beat the 97%,” Keith began in an Instagram post following the results on Sunday (Oct. 15).

“A majority of Australia is still inherently racist. Despite our differences as people, the conversation and the outcome of the conversation should never have been in the hands of Australia.”

“Sending love to the mob,” he added.

Check out LEFT RIGHT by Tasman Keith below.