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Wed, 07 October, 2015

Music: Blue King Brown & Nattali Rize

We featured the ladies of ecclectic, soulful roots band Blue King Brown (BKB) - Nattali Rize, Lea Rumwaropen, Petra Rumwaropen - in Issue 13 of Stella. The conscious music makers connect audiences to the struggle for freedom in West Papua through their art and powerful, energetic live shows. Today on the blog, we look at what BKB have been up to, and Nattali Rize’s inspiring new solo project - collaborating with artists including Kabaka Pyramid and Zuggu Dan. Read on for links to watch and listen!

 

As reported by Brisbane Times, festival pros Blue King Brown recently wowed the crowds at Caloundra Music Festival. Addressing the masses gathered, Nattali Rize (aka Natalie Pa’apa’a) exclaimed "Scream, shout, yell, stomp, whistle ... do whatever you need to do to tell Caloundra you're having a good time." And have a good time they did, as footage here on BKB’s facebook page shows!

BKB’s live shows are always electric; filled with passion and always holding central the important message they aim to bring to the people - human rights for West Papua, and freedom for all people - a message embodied in Blue King Brown’s third studio album, ‘Born Free’, released on November 7th last year.

Born Free’ features stirring calls to action - a trademark of BKB - in the lead singles off this album, “Rize Up” and “All Nations”. The former is a slow, deep, reggae jam, and a call to awakening to system dysfunction:

“However did we let this go on for so long,
Exploit the Earth until the very end,
That's how it happens when control stays with dem greedy men,
The concrete jungle is a crazy space,
So don't forget your roots now, don't forget your place,
If we cant change humanity may fall down,
So get on up, gather round now, we're calling you out...”

The infectious “All Nations” continues the emphatic call for people to wake up to the problems, reclaim their power and be part of the solution, in the most entertaining way possible:

“Ay Calling all Nations, back to this conversation,
honest communication growing building our relations.
Don't underestimate it or even try to hate it
for those who don't believe in change are not the ones who make it.”

The lyrics are penned by Nattali Rize, and the album truly cements Nattali as one of the most conscientiously awakened lyricists in the business today. Her words spring forth from a mind seriously engaged with both spirirtual and material movements for social change. And combined with the aesthetic of Blue King Brown, they have the power to move.

You can watch the official music videos for these tracks here and here.

And you can view lyrics off the ‘Born Free’ album here.

The album also includes the sultry track, familiar with live show fans, “Fyah” - the perfect track for a date night - and the gorgeous acoustic harmonies of “Educate the Masses”. It was recorded at Bob Marley's legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, and Blue King Brown’s own studio in Melbourne, Australia.

Listen to ‘Boorn Free’ on Soundcloud here.

 

THE RISE OF NATTALI RISE

In what seems like a logical progression, Nattali Rize has also been creating some solo projects, including the incredible New Era Frequency EP, released August 7th this year. This EP was produced by Jamaican duo Notis - Wayne 'Unga' Thompson (Producer/Drummer), Jason "BigBass" Welsh (Bass) - and recorded at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston.

Nattali Rize told Brian Yuen of Top Shelf Reggae that she wanted to further explore the genre (reggae) - as it has already helped form Blue King Brown’s melting pot sound:

“We [Blue King Brown] mix it up with different genres, which includes reggae” Rize adds. “It actually inspired me to go to Jamaica and go deeper into that world. It’s interesting now, because of my background: the new music I’m producing cant be strictly categorized as ‘Jamaican’ or ‘Australian,’ but an interesting combination of all the global influence and experience I’ve had with music, and the authenticity of a Jamaican band and producers in a new era of modern conscious music…it inevitably creates something fresh.”

Brian Yuen describes the EP’s 9 tracks as “smooth and meditative in spirit which slowly evolves over moderately paced melodies, blossoming through tonality and rhythm. The three included dub tracks are truly icing on the already luscious cake.” You can read his feature on Nattali’s EP here.

And, just as with Blue King Brown, Nattali Rize’s music videos seamlessly blend fun with important messages - “Generation” featuring Kabaka Pyramid, for example, cuts footage of Free West Papua protests, economic protests, anti-mining protests, and protests against forced closures of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia.

You can check out the clip for Generation here.

Listen to EP on Soundcloud here.

And here is a track-by-track run down of the EP by Nattali.

 

WORDS by Pauline Vetuna.

 

UPCOMING BKB AND NATTALIE RIZE SHOWS

Upcoming Blue King Brown show dates and venues here.

Upcoming Nattali Rize show dates and venues here.

 

Image Credits:

Image 1 - Still from music video for 'Rebel Love' Nattali Rize & Notis feat. Zuggu Dan. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

Image 2 - Still from music video for 'All Nations' by Blue King Brown. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

Image 3 - Still from music video for 'All Nations' by Blue King Brown. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

Image 4 - Still from music video for 'All Nations' by Blue King Brown. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

Image 5 - Still from music video for 'Generations Will Rize' by Nattali Rize & Notis feat. Kabaka Pyramid. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

Image 6 - Still from music video for 'Generations Will Rize' by Nattali Rize & Notis feat. Kabaka Pyramid. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

Image 7 - Still from music video for 'Generations Will Rize' by Nattali Rize & Notis feat. Kabaka Pyramid. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

Image 8 - Still from music video for 'Rebel Love' Nattali Rize & Notis feat. Zuggu Dan. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

Image 9 - Still from music video for 'Rebel Love' Nattali Rize & Notis feat. Zuggu Dan. Directed by Carlo ‘One Rebel’ Santone.

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