The Melbourne and Hobart based platform about race, culture and identity is run by the two friends Lucie Cutting and Nkechi Anele. In our interview they explain what it was like to grow in Australia, and what made them decide to start their platform and give other biracial and bicultural Australians a space where they can find, meet and express themselves.
Apart from running an awesome publication, Lucie and Nkechi also have an excellent taste in music. We asked them to compile a playlist that features exclusively Australian artists. Read their interview here, and make sure you follow The Pin online, on Facebook or Twitter.
Listen to the full playlist on Youtube or click on the individual tracks below.
Ngaiire’s album BLASTOMA was something else. Her music encompasses the complexities of the female experience. Her music tackles a lot of issues that women go through from relationships to love to how they seen themselves – much like what we have seen with artist like Solange.
This artist lives up to her name a poet before anything else she is strength and fire. Untangling her mastery of words through beats and chants of empowerment. Her shows are are a religious experience she is powerful beyond her tiny frame.
This song really tackles the frustration of the next gen of Australians coming up. Ode To Ignorance eloquently voices the question of identity and the treatment of people of colour, refugees, immigrants and Indigenous Australians media and politics.
One of the artists of A.B Original – Briggs – was sick of media outlets and people in general asking him about how he felt about January 26th (Invasion Day/Australia Day) as an Indigenous Australia so he wrote a song about it so people had to pay for his music to get his thoughts. He’s a really interesting person to follow and a campaigner against racism online and in real life. It’s’ a sick track that gets stuff in your head too.
Ali Barter is a really interesting musician. She champions female musicians and campaigns for female artists to be respected and acknowledge for the impact that they have had in and around music – not as side kicks but as legends in their own rights. Her music is reminiscent of 90 pop and grunge and her lyrics take on what it means to be a feminist and a female today.
Melbourne specifically has a really great soul scene and many new artists incredible and talented artists are streaming out of it with world class tracks. Jaala is one such artist. Whimsical and riveting her musical styling and sound is reminiscent of acts like Hiatus Kaiyote.
Kira Piru is sas and attitude of a true artists embodying the attitudes of Billie Holiday and Etta James. She has a incredible voice and has featured on tracks of popular artist in Australia. She’s been working on her new album that should be out this year.
Up and coming rapper blazing a trail through the Australian music industry, she has worked with Queens of Hip Hop, Salt n Pepa, as well as being recognised by Ying Yang Twins.
An Award winning Ethio-jazz artist that now calls Melbourne home. His dancehall and reggae vibes heighten the charismatic charm Nhatty Man brings to the stage.
Yes they’re ours! Haitus Kaiyote changed the soul scene with their music bring neo-soul to the forfront and world class music. Off their first album the received a Grammy nomination and fans include Erykah Badu, Andersoon. Paak and Questlove.