Shepparton’s Adam Briggs will form an integral part of the AFL’s annual Sir Douglas Nicholls Indigenous Round which kicks off this Friday.
The critically acclaimed solo artist and co-founder of ARIA award-winning hip-hop duo A.B. Original will hit the SCG to perform when the Sydney Swans and Carlton battle it out for the Marn Grook Trophy.
The match kicks off the round and honours the indigenous roots of Australian football and recognises the valuable contribution of indigenous players to the game.
Briggs will perform at half-time during Marn Grook before quickly making his way to Melbourne to perform as part of the huge Dreamtime at the G blockbuster.
Beginning at 4pm this Saturday, the event sees Essendon take on Richmond after the annual Long Walk.
Michael Long, an Essendon great, walked from his Melbourne home to Canberra — a 642km trek — in 2004 to put indigenous issues on the national agenda.
Now, the Long Walk starts at Melbourne’s Federation Square for an afternoon of indigenous celebration before strolling to the MCG.
Briggs will form part of a powerful collaboration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who will headline the pre-game cultural performance.
He will be accompanied by the music of Spinifex Gum and the amazing young voices of Marliya of Gondwana Choirs.
Marliya, a choir of 22 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women, will perform three songs in total, including a special collaboration with Briggs that features a recital from Aboriginal Elder and Australian Senator Pat Dodson.
Working in collaboration with the Wurundjeri Land Council, the Dreamtime at the G ceremony includes a traditional welcome to country and smoking ceremony.
Last year, the match attracted more than 85000 spectators.
— With AAP