HIP HOP AT IT'S FINEST
By Joel Gibson
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
October 23, 2007
With a bling and a bang, Aboriginal hip-hop has got a new home.
As the first urban and independent Aboriginal record label in Australia, Redfern Records Entertainment leapt into life with a party in Kings Cross.
"There needs to be another vehicle in the Aboriginal community to project the dreams and aspirations of Aboriginal people around Australia," said the label's co-founder, Stephen Ridgeway.
"We're focusing on urban music because at the moment that market's untapped."
The origins of Redfern Records lie on The Block, the inner-city black ghetto where Stephen and his co-founder, Nikita Ridgeway, grew up. The grandchildren of acclaimed Bundjalung elder and author Dr Ruby Langford Ginibi and the brother-sister act were raised to be leaders. For their parents and elders, country was often the Western musical genre of choice. But young indigenous artists throughout Australia are adopting the African-American styles of rap, hip-hop and R&B.
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