Genre/styles: Folk, World
The Black Arm Band was formed in 2006 to perform the concert murundak (meaning ‘alive’ in the Aboriginal Woiwurrung language). The concert has been turned into the feature film Murundak: Songs of Freedom.
The Black Arm Band was formed after Ruby Hunter told her partner Archie Roach “we need an Aboriginal orchestra” . The band was named after a speech by former prime minister John Howard in 1996 that dismissed the so-called “black armband view of Australian history”.
The Black Arm Band reminds me of the long struggle and the long journey we've been on. 30 years ago we were marching for justice down the city streets, but now we're telling our stories in the concert halls.—Archie Roach, The Black Arm Band
The band consists of black and white members: David Arden (Co Musical Director), Mark Atkins, Andy Alberts, Lou Bennett (Tiddas), Robbie Bundle, Kev Carmody, Liz Cavanagh, Emma Donovan, Kutcha Edwards, Carole Fraser, Joe Geia, Shane Howard (Co Musical Director), Ruby Hunter, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Little, Rachael Maza Long (actress, SBS presenter), Shellie Morris, Stephen Pigram, Archie Roach, Peter Rotumah, Dan Sultan, G.R Burrarrawanga (deceased), Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address), Ursula Yovich and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.
[The Black Arm Band is] to music what Bangarra Dance Theatre is to dance.—Steven Richardson, Artistic Director, Arts House
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 'Songs of freedom take centre stage', Koori Mail 501 p.46
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