On May, 1st Bleeding Earth was officially launched to the public by Bati Graves, after much anticipation. A smooth collaboration between Ace the Amara and Prolifik the Gifted, releasing music for social change.
107 Projects in Redfern opened its doors for the launch and the atmosphere was electric. You can feel a vibe of love and positivity, connection and the need to help take a stand and to make the world a better place, even in a small way.
It was a night of cultural celebration, collaboration, a night of honouring the environment and human rights and bringing awareness to the devastation of the earth. You were greeted by a cultural exhibition, a night of art, music and love, highlighting the Polynesian/Australian roots of Ace the Amara.
At 8pm, the audience and the special guests were asked to take a seat inside the screening room, an intimate setting that was absolutely full of people who have come to be a part of something special.
Ace got things rolling by introducing the speakers for the evening and welcoming the audience to a day that she has been looking forward to.
To a round of applause, the Honorary Consul Louise Waterhouse Consulate General of the Kingdom of Tonga spoke about the importance of culture and having an appreciation for our roots, where we have come from and where we are going.
She stressed the importance of art and how it’s got the profound ability to show the youth of today that appreciating your ancestors and respecting the olden tradition and culture can be represented in a more modern way and encouraged more youth to get in touch with their culture.
‘I am so inspired by the young generation of Tongan and Pacific Islanders and what they’re doing with their culture and how they are expressing themselves. It’s a very important part, when you have a culture that has comes to another country, they bring their culture with them, they cherish what their ancestors have done and realise the wealth that they have within themselves,’ Louise Waterhouse said
‘Because if they turn their back on their culture they are only half a person. So I applaud what they’re doing they are going a step further, they are reinterpreting their culture and making it relevant to a new generation and that’s what I appreciate.’
Ace the Amara dazzled the audience with one of her very own spoken word poems, bringing the beginning of the night down to an emotional level. Almost bringing the guests and herself to tear, full of passion and power and insight.
The music video for Bleeding Earth was screened, coming to fruition what Ace and Prolifik have been working long and hard for. The music video highlights her cultural heritage, the earth, her ode to the earth, a love song that was felt by all who were present and an applause that vibrated through the room.
After the screening, Jools Farrell the Sydney Chapter Sea Shepherd Coordinator and offshore crew member who has been involved in Antarctic Campaigns addressed the guests to honour the environment.
Jools spoke of the devastation that is happening to our oceans, how climate change, over fishing, commercial fishing and harpooning has affected our oceans and some of the marina animals and how there is evidence to show the population of species of fish are dangerously low.
She spoke about the campaigns the Sea Shepherd is involved in and how they are doing all that they could to end the destruction of the oceans and mass killing of marine life. She brought to attention the finning of sharks while they are still alive, she highlighted the seriousness of the harpooning of whales and the terrible sadness of witnessing a whale screaming in pain or seeing a calf harpooned just to get to its mother.
‘We need to look after this planet. We need to look after the oceans, as captain Paul Watsons says, ‘if the oceans die, we die with it,’ and that is true,’ Jools said.
‘The video blew me away, it was absolutely powerful, it was such a strong message, it gave me goose bumps, and I will definitely be sharing that amongst Sea Shepherd.’
Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, the Greens Councillor of the Marrickville council addressed the guests by paying her respects to the original owners of the land. She honours human rights and the importance of connecting with local activism.
She spoke of the strong brave women paving the way for the younger generation, as role models to be looked up to. She spoke of the important role of art and music and our ability to connect with each other through the use of humour and to challenge institutions through love, art, beauty and humanity.
‘One of the exciting thing about this is, social change is largely about changing peoples mind, its connecting with people and art is an amazing way to do that. Whether it is funny or catches people by surprise or because they are seeing the truth in something or someone is sharing their passion, that is a way to connect,’ Sylvie said.
‘That’s a way art can be useful to talk about difficult things but also to talk about really big things like all of the environmental problems that we have, bringing it down on a human level and saying this is how I am doing something about it, let’s have a conversation, what are you doing to do about it.’
Xavier Love exhibited her clothing and jewellery designs that were used in the Bleeding Earth video.
The designs highlighted Ace the Amara’s Polynesian heritage and showcasing her Normandy heritage that she gets from her father’s side.
‘I thought I could bring a theatrical element in while also supporting the element of the earth. The headpiece when she is in the water, that’s inspired by gothic horns and a water goddess,’ Xavier said.
‘The hoodie made from chainmail that goes back to the Normandy knights to represent her father side. And the stenciled body suit, represents the Tongan body tattoos that women get.’
The audience got to enjoy free giveaways, vials containing stones, earth, leaves, bark, and water to represent the earth, were turned into necklaces. Other vials contained a red liquid to represent the blood of the earth, all tying in nicely with the idea behind Bleeding Earth.
Braids by Diamond was setup by the merchandise table, offering her services to the audience to get their hair braided.
Prolifik the Gifted dropped some beats, showcasing his skills as a DJ and why he is known as the beat maker. Collaborating with Ace the Amara is very different to what he usually does.
‘It’s really cool to work with Ace because it’s really different to what I usually do, and she plays live instrumentation with the flute, so it was amazing to do something different,’ Prolifik said.
‘Making conscious music, especially with hip hop, you don’t usually get songs that are about anything, it’s not really concept based. With Ace she goes into a lot of detail, she thinks about the detail and what she is talking about. It’s really meaningful to her culture and mine as well.’
There was music from Foreigndub and Tomdabolina which kept the audience entertained throughout the night showcasing some great reggae sounds and old school hip hop.
The music video for Bleeding Earth is now available for purchase through www.acetheamara.com, so you can show your support for music with a social conscience.
‘I am absolutely blown away, I am humbled, my heart is open, and I have learnt lots. It’s been a really special night, I can feel the energy of the rallying that is going on, people have been really open to the message,’ Ace said.
‘I just feel like this is just one big warm hug over here and I have only had half a drink.’