When Xavier Rudd took the stage at Marrickville's Factory Theatre last night to a sell out crowd, his insane beats and vocals sent vibrations through to the very core of every being in attendance.
His incredible musical talent, notably his arcane ability to simultaneously play guitar, harmonica, drums AND didgeridoo (with pauses to sing!), is matched only by his equally talented adeptness at delivering powerful political messages about indigenous Australia in his unrelenting rich undertones of LOVE and CONNECTEDNESS.
This man is one incredible human being, who does not abuse his status as a popular musician, but rather invests all his energy into highlighting vitally important messages about indigenous Australia, diversity, race, gender, love and Mother Earth.
His Ethiopian guitarist flys the Aboriginal flag in the background as he belts out a steady stream of rhythmic breathing rounds on his didgeridoo, Rudd encourages his indigenous brothers and sisters to keep fighting in the face of adversity, for their land and their culture, and to join 'hearts and hands' with 'ancestral twine'.
Flanked by a racially diverse team of incredibly talented instrumentalists, including a young female Fijian on drums and an Ethiopian guitarist, he encourages us to consider the valuable natural heritage of our country, such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Kimberley Region. He employs us to look beyond our inherent nature as human beings and to extend our compassion and kindness to our broader natural surrounds, the environment and ALL living things. To avoid abusing our status as humans and reach out to Mother Earth to heal the pain and suffering in the world.
In acknowledging the oppression and dictatorship imposed by the powers that be - Rudd reminds his audience that they can never take away love, and that love is the answer to all of life's woes.
"Tomorrow is a new day for everyone,
Brand new moon,
Brand new sun" (Follow the Sun)
Hi there and thanks for dropping by! I'm Tehla Jane and I'm a self-confessed word nerd, bookworm and yoga devotee from Wollongong, Australia. I love to wonder and wander, and especially love spending time with my two little girls and hubby Glen. My blog is inspired by my daily musings in my trusty journal, where I scribble out endless pages in almost illegible handwriting and occasionally convert this into a typed format! Welcome!