Human rights campaigner and urban roots musician Natalie Pa’apa’a of Blue King Brown is urging people across Australia to “Rize-up” against the unconventional gas industry.
Pa’apa’a will join an impressive line-up of national and international stars at a benefit concert for Rock the Gate in Sydney on Sunday.
The Melbourne based singer and lyricist will join nearly 70 other musicians in an event that will showcase the music scene’s support for Australia’s fracking resistance.
Pa’apa’a said she would be performing for justice and an end to coal seam gas mining.
“Music and the arts are a vital part of any community and hold an important role to represent the voice of the people, to tell and share stories that reflect that community,” Pa’apa’a said.
“We are alive in a time where our community is global, as is the real threat to our environment and our right to safe and clean water.”
Included on the bill are Ash Grunwald, Tex Perkins, The Herd, Declan Kelly, Pete Murray, Diesel n’ Dub and Trevor Hall.
“We support Lock The Gate and Rock The Gate because we support justice over exploitation, people over profits and reality over the illusion of perpetual blunder without consequence.
“CSG mining must stop now and we must stop participating in systems that favour corporations over people; over us.
“It's time to wake up and take back our power... and our future. Rize Up!”
Pa’apa’a, who started her career in Byron Bay, was described by Rolling Stone magazine recently as having one of the nation’s most refreshing voices.
The event starts at 5pm in the Enmore Theatre and continues till around 11pm with six major entertainment venues along Enmore Road hosting a range of bands and performers in tandem with the main event.
Tickets are still available for the November 23 event. www.rockthegate.org