Native Ryme Syndicate is a Brisbane based rap group. Native Ryme Syndicate won a Deadly award in 1998 for Most Promising New Talent. They were the first Australian urban music group to the elite music festivals and have played with Spiderbait, Regurgitator and 28 Days as well as at the Big Day Out and Livid festivals. Named as one of the best unknown rap/hip-hop music groups in the World by Grammy Award winning US group Naughty By Nature (Tour 2004). The group are known today as Native Ryme. Native Ryme are releasing their debut full length album in 2013 after 19 years since formation.
In this program, Indigenous rap trio from Brisbane, Native Ryme Syndicate speak, Palawa actor Tammy Anderson talks about her one woman play, “I don’t wanna play house” and from our Black Writers series, Lorraine McGee-Sippel tells her story, “Mum, what’s a half-caste”
Australia’s #1 rap outfit… Native Ryme Syndicate, a trio of young Murri rappers from urban Queensland, talk about their debut album and the power of words …
NRS is one of those bands who’ve become an ‘overnight sensation’ . after seven years’ of hard work touring the country.
They’re four young Murri men from Queensland whose music is basically rap . but whose ethos is about uplifting Indigenous and non-indigenous youth who live with daily hardship and struggle.
Native Ryme are about to release their debut, self-titled EP . and there’s no shortage of musicians queueing up to work with them . The EP features collaborations with Martin Lee of Regurgitator, Kev Carmody, Nokturnl and the Cruel Sea.
In our interview Native Ryme frontman, Cameron Callope, talks about the history of the band and the inspiration for their music.
Palawa actor and singer, Tammy Anderson, performs extracts from her new one woman show, “I don’t wanna play house”, as story of triumph over horrendous obstacles.
“I don’t wanna play house” is the autobiography of the first 15 years of her life. And it’s her first solo performance. For the past 5 years, Tammy’s worked with Melbourne’s Ilbijerri theatre where she conducted scriptwriting workshops and performed. Her other credits include work with a Koori clowning troupe – The Oogadee Boogadees – and touring with Wesley Enoch’s production of “Stolen”, a play about the lives of five stolen children.
“I don’t wanna play house” premiered at Melbourne’s Playbox Theatre in April this year and does a stint in Sydney at the Stables Theatre in Kings Cross starting in July.
And from our Black Writers series, Lorraine McGee-Sippel does a reading from her forthcoming autobiography.
Lorraine is a Yorta Yorta woman who was taken from her mother at birth in 1943 and adopted to white parents. Her family life wasn’t easy – her mother was plagued with illness (which later proved to be a brain tumour), while her father suffered schizophrenic episodes. By the age of 11, Lorraine was separated from family once again, and sent to live with relatives in the city.
Lorraine was unaware of her Aboriginality until the age of 38, when she met her mother after a long search. Lorraine has since travelled back to Yorta Yorta country to connect with her roots. And now she’s halfway through her autobiography, titled “The Best Part”.
Her reading in this program is the first chapter of that work in progress, called “Mum, what’s a half-caste?”.
Music featured in this program was:
Together – Native Ryme Syndicate, the Cruel Sea and Kev Carmody from their debut EP Native Ryme Syndicate
Too deadly, my sister – Rochelle Watson from her EP “Black to Reality”
“Blackfella/Whitefella” – the Warumpi Band from their 1996 LP “Too much humbug” CAAMA
But the senior exponents of Brisbane Aboriginal hip hop are undoubtedly Native
Rhyme Syndicate, w ho formed in 1994, and were nom inated for two Deadly Awards in
1998. One of the group’s members, Daniel ‘DK’ Kinchela, comes from the Gummilaroi
clan and is a cousin of Wok and Abie W right’s as well as lead MC w ith a new crew,
Tribal S.U.N.S regime. Native Rhym e’s main MC, Cam eron ‘C-Roc’ Callope, is from the
G kuthaarn clan in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and was appointed an elder of his clan for
the work he has done in educating Aboriginal youth through hip hop. The group
started recording in 1998 on a compilation called Emerging Artists w ith a cover of ‘Chain
Remains’ by African-American hip hoppers, N aughty By Nature, whom they played
support for in Brisbane. They followed that w ith ‘Together’, a collaboration with Kev
Carm ody and the Cruel Sea on the 2003 Corroboration compilation. ‘W e’ll Always Love
you’ is a memorial for a dead friend, which was included on the 2004 Redhotgreenblack
environm ental awareness compilation UnAustralian. – http://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/p171301/pdf/article091.pdf