Global Peace Concert – Rockin’ for West Papua raises Free West Papua support around the world!
October 28, 2016
This month, the world has been rocked by the Global Peace Concert – Rockin’ for West Papua!
This historic month long event brought musicians and artists together to use their skills and passion in unity for West Papua’s freedom, featuring over 80 bands in 5 different countries!
From Sydney to Los Angeles, from Edinburgh to Brisbane, so much awareness and solidarity has been raised as people were shown the true power of music, learning that #MUSICISAWEAPON.
Free West Papua music and the West Papuan flag are outlawed by the Indonesian government in occupied West Papua but Rockin’ For West Papua, organised by the collaborative Rize Of The Morning Star brought people together from across the world to play Free West Papua music and raise the West Papuan flag!
Below is a list of the gigs performed and the artists who performed there.
Brisbane: Kold Creature, Monster Fodder, System Trashed, Kaosphere, Alice Lost Her Way, Locus, Give It All
Darwin: Clever Monkey, Dave Garnham, Gored Matador, Acid City, Pole Top Rescue, Lungbuster, Ben Evolent, Brother Phoenix, Joy Greer
Gold Coast: The Poor, Wartooth, Paging Jimi
Lismore: The Humans Of Lismore, This Thing Called Progress, Atomic Monkey Chunks
Melbourne: Liquor Snatch, Indigo Rising, Mystic Trio, Lapkat, Long Holiday, Native Rain, New Age, Elf Transporter, Erin MC Izzy
Newcastle: Once Remained, Skinpin, Steinbrenner & The Grounds
Perth: Painkillers, Yob Mob with DJ General Justice, U*Nites, Mental Pretzel, Fuzion, N’ The Jah Wisdom Sound System, Dillip & the Davs, Delta Kong
Sydney: Blackbreaks, The Mis-Made, The Black Turtles & MC Thorn
In the Netherlands
The Hague: Def Rhymz, K-liber 4life, Thiago Mereilles, KA-YU, Jaël, Kenny-Artistpage, Sentini, Grunberg, Dj Shaqq, InZain, Rapha Pico, and Pascion
In South Africa
Gauteng: The Slashdogs, Slippery When Wet, Made for Broadway
In the UK
Brighton: Liz Ikamba, Faye Houston and Mike Shirley (of the Resonators)
Bristol: Toodles & the Hectic Pity, Nietzsche Trigger Finger, WOAHNOWS
Edinburgh: The Whippet Beans, Samba Sene & Diwan, Sakofa Beats, Mariam El Sadr, The Bhundu Boys Henry’s Cellar Bar featuring Rise Kagona, and Nawakyipo
In the USA
Los Angeles: Bearwulf
Speaking after the Global Peace Concert, West Papuan Independence Leader and Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda stated to all artists and everyone who helped it to take place:
“The incredible support from all around the world for West Papua’s freedom means so much to my people. The world is waking up to the inspiring message that Music is a Weapon and that it can be used to break down the walls of oppression and brutality. On behalf the people of West Papua I give you all my deepest thanks and encouragement as we all continue to spread the message and Rock for West Papua!”
The Free West Papua Campaign echoes the thanks of Benny Wenda and continues to encourage more and more musicians to use their skills to support freedom for the people of West Papua.
If you or anyone you know is a musician or would like to play music for West Papua, get involved with the movement! You can find more info about how musicians and artists can support West Papua’s freedom here. Please also remember to check out the Rize of the Morning Star website as this is the main site of collaborative musicians for West Papua.