No Worries is a compilation of music being made by refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants in Melbourne, Australia. It was produced by Lochie Bradfield at Ah!Puch!Studios! in the city.
Many new migrants and refugees arrive in Melbourne with amazing musical abilities, and often an ambitious sense of what can be achieved through their music. This ambition can quickly deflate, however, when it becomes apparent how difficult it is to make a living creating music in this country. This compilation is a way of providing performance and recording opportunities to these musicians, and to provide a unique listening experience for many people who are unaware of the rich culture that is beginning to emerge in this city.
The content of these songs changes from track to track as much as the sound of the music does – Sudanese hip-hop to West Papuan reggae, Sri Lankan electro to Ethio-Jazz, Congolese Seben to traditional Sudanese drumming.
The lyrical content ranges from joyous celebrations of being in Australia to the difficult life of the asylum seeker making his/her way here, the difficulties of trying to move in to one’s future without forgetting one’s dark history, rebel songs of liberation and freedom that would see the artists locked up in their home country, the difficulties of life on the streets for a new migrant and the way politics and the media are interpreted by them, and the sad reality of how one’s virtues are often the undoing of a person.
As you listen to the compilation and travel around the world hearing the sounds of so many places and people, it is easy to forget that all of this was recorded in a warehouse in inner city Melbourne. This fact will become harder to forget though as this music begins to emerge more and more – as we hear it on our radios, in our clubs & bars, in our concert halls and on our streets. I’m looking forward to it, and so are the people on this compilation.
Peace to the Universe ☺ Lochie Bradfield
Produced by Lochie Bradfield @ Ah!Puch! Studio, Melbourne, Australia. January – April 2010.
Mastered by Tim Cole @ Tim Cole Soundart (www.timcolesoundart.com)
Thanks to: the EMC, Fitzroy Learning Network, Paul Mbenna, Monte Morgan, Charles Crang, Geordie Miller, Rhys Richards, Pitimati Nimmanheminda, Gary Morgan & my family. Peace.
MOORTU & LOCHIE BRADFIELD
Moortu ‘Thomas’ Caulker is a Sierra Leonian percussionist, singer, actor, performer, and international community development worker. He is currently in Papua New Guinea, setting up a youth program for the UN.
BANGS & EZ
Bangs is a 19 year old rap artist born in North Khartoum, Sudan. At the age of 11, he moved to Egypt with his family after his Father married another wife. He spent two years there before coming to Australia in 2003. He has been writing rap, hip hop and pop since settling in Melbourne in 2004.
“Music is my wife”, Bangs sang in a live jam recently. He writes about life, love and hope and his music grows with him till the end of life.
MC/Producer Ez was born in South Sudan. In 2004 he arrived in Australia with the word ‘NO’ being the extent of his English vocabulary. Since then he has refined his natural ability to tell stories through rhymes and theatre and has been involved in dozens of theatre projects, community events and festivals. With his ultimate goal to be a film maker Ez’s infectious flows that weave in and out of English and Arabic dissolve language barriers through a hybrid form of communication.
V feat. OFFBEAT & V.O.I.C.E.
(n) a vulpine vagabond who verbosely voices the ventures of the vain, the valiant, and the vulnerable. A vexatious vanguard whom hopes to unveil a vestige of truth, a viewpoint most vulgar, a venom in vogue… [blink]
(v) to vent a voyage through verse
V is after U.
The sounds are a unique passage into uncharted realms, the rhythms freak all around you, it’s distinctly different or OffBeat…with words of the open mind and expression of the wandering soul, this V.O.I.C.E. vibes your brain and core.
OffBeat (music/vocals/lyrics) and V.O.I.C.E. (lyrics/vocals) are members of ‘The NoEgo Thing’…bodies move, minds provoked, souls fly high.
BiG W + CHiLD SOLDiER
Tabura is a powerful and innovative group of young exiles from West Papuan, living in Melbourne, who are breaking new ground with their unique blend of music crossing traditional and contemporary genres with roots grounded in the rich West Papuan tradition of music. Tabura is a Wandamen word from Manokwari district in West Papua, which means music-making, literally ‘drum’ and ‘conch’. Tabura’s costume and traditional dress while performing is a symbol of their deep commitment to their tradition and heritage, and an expression of their living and distinctive culture, of which they are understandably proud. West Papuan, in common with the rest of Melanesia and many other First Nations people, distinctive forms of dance, song, music and traditional dress are an integral expression of culture in daily life. The struggle to ensure the endurance and celebration of West Papuan culture under the incredibly oppressive regime that has operated there over the past 4 decades is one that motivated Tabura to keep their connections to their roots alive, celebrate their culture, explore new ways of developing their music in the contemporary Australian music scene and commit to the struggle of their compatriots in their homeland.
DOMBAi DANCING GROUP
Dombai Dancing Group is a traditional dancing group formed to fill a gap in the Southern Sudanese Community diaspora. Dambai aims to raise awareness to the wider Australian community about the pride they have in their culture. Dombai is group of twenty well known performers who are dedicated to make South Sudanese culture part of the diverse Australian culture.
Angels Voice Band is a group of 20 young Congolese people living in Shepparton. The band started in the backyard of band member Maulidi’s house in January 2006 and were at the time called The Congolese Choir, consisting of only 9 members. Since 2006 more Congolese families have settled in Shepparton and the band membership has grown slowly over this time.