To commemorate the induction of No Fixed Address into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame yesterday, today’s song is Black Man’s Rights.
No Fixed Address were an Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) reggae band that were formed in 1979 and were originally active during the early 1980s. The band formed at the Center for Aboriginal Studies in Music in North Adelaide, South Australia. The original members were from the Koonibba Mission in Ceduna, South Australia. They were the first Indigenous Australian rock band, mixing indigenous musical traditions with Reggae music. In 1980 No Fixed Address were involved in making the movie Wrong Side of the Road with another Indigenous band, Us Mob. The movie is a fictionalised docu-drama and deals with the different reactions that the bands received in different communities and the way they were treated by the Police. They released 2 albums, Wrong Side of the Road (along with Us Mob) and From My Eyes. In 2011 No Fixed Address was inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards' Hall of Fame.
The original lineup was Bart Willoughby on lead vocals, drums, guitar and didgeridoo; Ricky Harrison on rhythm guitar; Leslie Lovegrove Freeman on lead guitar; and John John Miller on bass. Other performers who have been a part of the band in their original incarnation are: Joe Geia on vocals, percussion and didgeridoo; Les Graham on guitar; Joe Hays on bass; Billy Inda on percussion and didgeridoo; Chris Jones on guitar; Rick Lovegrove on guitar; Louis McManus on guitar; Nicky Moffatt on bass; Veronica Rankine on vocals, saxophone and flute; Peter Meredith on guitar; and Billy Goreham on bass.
Black Man’s Rights was originally released on the soundtrack album from the 1981 movie Wrong Side of the Road. It is a call for black people to fight for their rights against racism, the police, and the government. This clip is from a live performance from the band showing how good they were live.
You can buy Black Man’s Rights on iTunes.
You can follow Bart on MySpace. You can buy his music on iTunes as Bart Willoughby, No Fixed Address, Coloured Stone, Yothu Yindi, and Mixed Relations.