At a recent event at The Lord Gladstone on Saturday, guests experienced an enchanting surprise orchestrated by none other than Grammy-winning artist Chance The Rapper. He made a surprise appearance to introduce the sensational 11-year-old rap sensation, Inkabee, during the SXSW Sydney And 3% Present: Our People event.
The event was already shaping up to be an extraordinary evening for music enthusiasts. Esteemed First Nations artists, Nooky, Dallas Woods, and Angus Field, celebrated the release of their first single as the Blak collective 3%, marking their live debut at the SXSW Sydney showcase. The event featured a stellar lineup of Australia’s First Nations musical talents, including Moss, Barkaa, Dobby, Yung Brother, and Bars Of Steel legends Inkabee and FLEWNT.
“The Blak Era starts now,” exclaimed Nooky, a member of 3%, in an interview with Purple Sneakers. “Last Saturday’s show was a display of Blak excellence. It was 3% debut show, and I’m proud we got to share that moment with Barkaa, Dobby, Yung Brother, Moss, and Inkabee and Flewnt.”
The highlight of the evening was Chance The Rapper’s surprise appearance to energize the crowd for young prodigy Inkabee. This unexpected turn of events left the audience in awe and added an unforgettable dimension to the event.
3% recently released their debut single, “OUR PEOPLE,” which incorporates a sample from the iconic Australian electronic song, “My People” by The Presets. The trio, consisting of Nooky, Dallas Woods, and Angus Field, have been using their music to explore real-world issues affecting the Indigenous population of Australia, including addressing issues such as closing the gap, reclaiming stolen land, and Indigenous deaths in custody.
Dallas Woods shared his perspective on the single, stating, “This track already had a feel of resilience and survival to it. To be able to have this strong and powerful chorus push home our stories was amazing.”
Angus Field added, “Overall, this song is written to punch the listener in the face with a strong message and to make you sit down and listen. I’m proud to say I have been a part of the writing process and that I can tell a story of my people in this way to the rest of the world.”
Nooky, reflecting on the release of “OUR PEOPLE,” shared a personal and emotional journey. He expressed, “This song is filled with so many emotions from the time of making it.” Nooky spoke about the difficult times he witnessed, where Black kids were negatively portrayed in the media. He recounted the disturbing coverage of Alice Springs and the discriminatory comments made.
Nooky also touched on the early referendum conversations and the marketing surrounding it, which caused him to contemplate its implications for himself and his people.
Chance The Rapper’s surprise appearance at the SXSW Sydney event, alongside the remarkable talent of Inkabee and 3%, contributed to a night filled with music, cultural significance, and impactful messages, underlining the power of music to address important issues and bring communities together.