Indigenous hip hop crew Street Warriors recently teamed up with former Australian Idol favourite Shannon Noll to release their own version of Goanna’s 1982 Aussie rock classic Solid Rock.
Featuring Street Warriors, Shannon Noll and Albert David (dancer).
Shot in Gunnedah, Street Warriors’ home country including the cave of the Red Chief, Street Warriors’ ancestor.
Shot and directed by Matthew Cheung for Scope Red.
Executive Producer and Creative Director: Lorda Omeissah
Brothers Abie and Warwick Wright, aka Predator and Wok, originally made a name for themselves as Local Knowledge before branching off to form Street Warriors, on the back of their high-energy, in-your-face Aboriginal anthems.
Following on from the release of their seven-track EP titled Real Knows Real, Solid Rock will be their first release aimed at a mainstream audience. The track, which will be released on August 31, is the first single off their debut album due out in late 2009.
Solid Rock, with its lyrics about Aboriginal displacement from the land and its didg intro is considered a ground-breaking release in Australian rock music history. Written by Goanna’s lead singer Shane Howard, it is also credited as the first Aussie Top Ten rock ballad to display solidarity, understanding and the acceptance of a truth previously unheralded. After its release, it picked up ARIA Single of the Year and the bands debut album, Spirit of Place, also won Best Album.
Shane Howard gave the Street Warriors his blessing for the re-mix, and sat in on the recording sessions with Abie, Wok and Shannon in Melbourne. The Street Warriors also opened this years The Dreaming festival with the song, featuring Shane and his daughter on chorus vocals.