I was fortunate enough this week to be able to do a live interview with Natalie Pa’apa’a, the singer of Blue King Brown on my weekly show on 4ZzZ FM. I find Blue King Brown to be one of the more vibrant and interesting amongst what is admittedly a very large, diverse and multifaceted range of Australian outfits. They also aren’t shy in singing about social and political issues, which I quite like when it’s done well. They even go so far as having an activism section on their website.
Blue King Brown started out around 7 or 8 years ago in Byron Bay – almost close enough for Brisbane folks to call them a local band, (but probably not quite). Not surprisingly, they’ve developed a lot since then, helped I would think by their willingness to collaborate with others and explore different styles. They released the double CD album Worldwize Part 1 – North and South towards the end of last year, and in May and June they will be doing a headlining tour across Australia, including quite a few regional centres. The album is great, but they are even better live.
You can listen to the interview at this link – Interview with Natalie from Blue King Brown, 21 March 2011.
For copyright reasons, I had to edit out the song that was played in the middle of the interview – a collaboration with Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, redoing his song Gathu Mawula. (which gives me reason to mention that he also has a new solo album out). But you can see and hear the video of that song separately below.