Hello friends! I’m back with another playlist to shamelessly plug. This one actually means a whole lot to me, so I’d really appreciate it if you stuck around and even had a listen!
I love talking about POC artists, especially here in Australia, and we’re not short on a diverse range of artists, however I always find that they’re never represented or shared on a larger scale as much as they ought to be.
Example; January in Australia is a hectic month. There’s a lot going on, and a key event for quite a few people, especially those aged between 15-30, is the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, where popular radio station Triple J, counts down the hottest 100 songs from the previous year. It’s a big deal. Everyone votes for their top ten favourite tracks, then the votes are counted and we have an entire day dedicated to the countdown. You hang out with friends, usually have some drinks and food out in the sun as it’s consistently a good weather day, and it’s one of the only days when no-one’s in charge of the AUX, because you’ve got the radio on. This year I spent Hottest 100 day at my best friends house, swimming in the pool, having a few drinks, making delicious cheese boards and having the radio on full blast so we could provide our own, even louder commentary, to the songs that made the cut.
It was a good day, I’ll give it that. But the closer and closer we got to the No. 1 spot, the more and more I was realising that hardly any of the POC artists I knew and loved, a lot of whom I discovered through the radio station itself, had even cracked the Top 100. There were a few fantastic exceptions, but there were also some glaringly obvious gaps. We don’t have to talk about the fact that it wasn’t even an Australian artist who came 1st, but the complete lack of diversity in the collection really got to me. So much so, that ya girl did what she does best, and made a playlist.
I created the decolonise ya self playlist, because I just know there are so many talented artists from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in Australia, yet when it comes to commercial radio, and even a supposedly ‘people-powered’ radio show, these artists fail to be represented or given the airtime they deserve. I also included a lot of NZ artists in the playlist because we love New Zealand music around these parts.
Here’s a taste of some of the songs you can find on the playlist, which you can listen to HERE:
Clumsy Love – Thelma Plum
The Truth – Man Made Mountain, Sampa the Great
Be Free – Soli, Mez Mariye
Colours – Amila
Please U – Becca Hatch, Planet Vegeta
Don’t Need You – Genesis Owusu
Serious – NEKO
24k – Tkay Maidza
Cleopatra – Thandi Phoenix
Come Over – Social Street
Poor Boy – Stan Walker
Out of the Blue – RINI
Idiot – Kira Puru
Twisting Words – Miiesha
Black Face – Ziggy Ramo
One Time – Antoine
Not My Neighbour – Niko Walters
OG Luv Kush pt.2 – Kaiit
I hope you get a chance to listen to the playlist and discover a bunch of new Australian and New Zealand artists you may not have heard of. With so many incredible artists releasing amazing tracks so consistently, it’s not hard to champion these artists and their music. You can definitely count on me to do it.