An all-star cast of Australian hip-hop artists have come together to record "Change The Date", a new track that aims to re-ignite the discussion surrounding Australia Day (January 26th) and the impact celebration of the day — marking the anniversary of the First Fleet arrival in 1788 — has on Indigenous Australians.
The battle-rap track, created in partnership with National Indigenous Television (NITV), features Nooky, Urthboy, Birdz, members of Thundamentals, L-Fresh the Lion, Tasman Keith, Ozi Batla, Kaylah Truth, Coda Conduct and Hau from Koolism. It is accompanying by a brilliant, cipher-flashback,interactive 360-degree video (viewable above), and is also available as a free download via the SBS website.
On the track's message, NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman says: "For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the 26th of January is not a day for celebration, and in the lead up to and during the national holiday, NITV wants to encourage more discussion and debate about the date."
Alongside "Change The Date", NITV have also launched a special project called #AlwaysWillBe, encouraging discussion surrounding January 26th. More information available via the SBS website.