Arias for local hip-hop artist

November 30, 2017

Shepparton children from the Dhungala Children's Choir perform on stage with Paul Kelly, A.B. Orginal and Dan Sultan. Picture: AAP Image/David Moir

Shepparton’s own Adam Briggs has perfected the art of acceptance speeches after coming away with two ARIA awards at Tuesday’s ceremony.

One half of the indigenous duo A.B. Original, he and fellow rapper Trials, accepted awards for Best Urban Release and Best Independent Release with the album Reclaim Australia.

‘‘We made this album for our community, in our community, from our community,’’ Briggs said as they accepted their first award of the night.

The hip-hop duo’s politically-motivated album had already received an Australian Music Award this year as well as the Triple J’s ‘J Awards’ Album of the Year.

‘‘Change doesn’t come from everyone being comfortable,’’ Briggs said during the acceptance speech.

The duo has been vocal in pushing for a change in the country around indigenous rights, with Briggs saying on the red carpet Australia Day was ‘‘trash’’.

‘‘The main point of this whole record was to spark a change, an expectation and an idea of what an indigenous artist could be,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve made it, we’ve persisted, we’ve been here for 80000 years.’’

The pair was joined on stage by the Shepparton members of the Dhungala Children’s Choir in a dynamic performance of Paul Kelly’s hits Life Is Fine and Dumb Things alongside the Best Male Artist award winner.

Dhungala Children’s Choir musical director Deborah Cheetham said although the choir ran across the country and had members across Victoria, it was just children from Shepparton who joined the stars on stage.

‘‘They did a fantastic job; we’re really proud,’’ she said.

Ms Cheetham said they were invited by the Yorta Yorta man to perform on stage and had just two weeks to prepare.

‘‘To perform at the ARIAs alongside some of their heroes like Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan, that ramps it up to another level,’’ she said.

Ms Cheetham said it was fantastic to see such a strong Yorta Yorta presence on stage at the event — a celebration of Australian music.

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