In a voice rich with humanity, filled with joy, pain, love and longing, Archie Roach traces the journey of his people, and gets to the heart of what it means to be human, and is considered one of Australia’s most treasured performers.
When his debut album “Charcoal Lane” was released in 1990, the impact was immediate. Critics were quick to realise Archie’s soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics heralded the emergence of a major new artist. The album’s centrepiece, “Took the Children Away”, shone a spotlight on the impact of the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from their families and brought it to the attention of the global community. The single won an international Human Rights Achievement Award (the first time ever awarded for a song), while the album was certified gold and won two ARIA Awards.
Archie’s commitment to raising awareness and being a catalyst for change remains undiminished. Off the stage, he has become a spokesperson for social justice, working with young people caught up in the criminal justice system and mentoring many young and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. In 2015, this was formally recognised when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to music and his support of social justice.
As part of the World of Words prgramme TV One’s Miriama Kamo will interview Archie about the lost generation, indigenous rights and the right of re-dress.