Emma Donovan & The PutBacks are set to release a special 7" later this month, featuring renditions of two classic indigenous songs — the late Ruby Hunter's heart-tugging "Down City Streets" and the Warumpi Band's iconic "Blackfella Whitefella". While "Down City Streets" features Hunter's long-time partner Archie Roach, "Blackfella Whitefella" takes a more contemporary angle, partnering Donovan with You Am I's Tim Rogers and rapper Joelistics.
While both Joelistics' spoken word introduction and Rogers' crooned pleas both add a new perspective to the 1985 country rock anthem, it's Donovan's soulful reinterpretation that sets the course, maintaining the original's blend of protest and pride right through to the "stand up" sing-a-long finale.
The "Blackfella Whitefella" b/w "Down City Streets" 7" is out Friday, October 23 via Hope Street Recordings, with pre-orders available now. All proceeds from the release will go to SOS Blak Australia, a grassroots program dedicated to supporting remote indigenous communities in Western Australia currently under threat of closure. Visit their website for more information about their current projects.