Rising Indigenous hip-hop artist Tasman Keith and father Wire MC tell three generations of stories

Stories of struggle, the Stolen Generations, mission communities and the death of a traditional language: how would you vocalise three generations of Indigenous history?

Hip-hop artist Tasman Keith turns to his family to best articulate their story.

“First and foremost, music is an outlet,” he said.

“But for my family, music is the best way to share our story and it has been that way for thousands of years. It connects us to our past.”

Heralding from the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Mr Keith hit the stage with his father, Aboriginal hip-hop pioneer Wire MC, at the Barunga festival in the Northern Territory.

“Music has always brought our family closer. It’s something that has always been a part of our family whether it be on a CD loud in the backyard or someone creating and we all get involved,” Wire MC said.

“When hip hop came along, it was a new medium of music for our people.

“I wanted to bring our issues and stories to the forefront. This medium reinforced that our people have a voice.”

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